Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday her state is doing everything it can to keep the meat supply chain up and running.
“This is essential, critical to keeping the food supply chain moving, “ she said at her daily news briefing.
When asked about recent outbreaks in meat processing facilities in her state, Reynolds pointed to the fact Iowa produces 10% of nation’s food supply.
“We have a role and obligation from our farmers, to our processors, to our supply chain to continue to feed the world and keep food on the plate,” the governor said.
Reynolds said the meat processing plants are working with the state to ensure proper safety measures are being taken to protect both the workers and the supply chain.
She said temperature checks, mandatory face masks, partitions, new attendance policies, and social distancing are being used to keep workers safe.
Reynolds issued a warning if processing plants are closed down saying, “We're going to really be dealing with some significant issues going forward not only from a food supply, protein effort, but the cost of food as well.”