On April 28, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to ensure that meat production can continue during the COVID-19 crisis. More details on the executive order are available in this White House fact sheet.
U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) President and CEO Dan Halstrom issued the following statement:
“The executive order will help ensure a steady, reliable supply of high-quality U.S. protein – not only for customers in the United States, but across the globe. The U.S. meat industry is already taking extraordinary steps to ensure worker safety, including COVID-19 testing, temperature checks, use of personal protective equipment and social distancing of employees. But further action is needed to stabilize our meat supply chain, and USMEF greatly appreciates the Trump administration’s prioritization of safe and consistent meat production and processing during this difficult time. The executive order comes as welcome news not only to consumers but also to U.S. livestock producers, who have endured severe economic hardship as a result of this pandemic.”