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House pandemic investigation finds meatpacking industry hyped 'baseless' threats of meat shortage

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The meatpacking industry was one of the horror stories of the early pandemic period. With workers crowded together on assembly lines moving so fast that workers can’t even pause to cover a sneeze or cough, COVID-19 spread quickly. But Team Trump pressed to keep meatpacking plants open, with Donald Trump signing an executive order keeping plants open, supposedly to avert shortages of meat.

Even at the time, there were questions, especially since the warnings about shortages were accompanied by record pork exports to China. Now, the House select subcommittee investigating the pandemic response says that the meatpacking industry misled the public about the threat of a shortage and basically drafted Trump’s executive order keeping the plants open.

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