​LAWSUIT OVER WORKER SAFETY AT PORK PROCESSOR DISMISSED BY JUDGE

A U.S. federal judge has dismissed a worker advocacy group’s lawsuit accusing Smithfield Foods Inc, the world’s largest pork processor, of failing to adequately protect employees from the novel coronavirus at a plant in Missouri.

In the ruling, U.S. District Judge Greg Kays in Kansas City, Missouri said Smithfield was taking many of the steps called for by the Rural Community Workers Alliance, including screening production-line workers for symptoms and installing barriers between them.  

Kays also said that under President Donald Trump’s executive order in April requiring meatpacking plants to remain open during the pandemic, the federal government, and not the courts, were responsible for overseeing working conditions.

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