The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has opened work safety investigations into the practices of six meat packing and food processing plants in Wisconsin. The investigation comes as the JBS plant in Green Bay temporarily closed after an outbreak of COVID-19 at the plant. The JBS plant in Green Bay has been linked to nearly 200 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and has been a significant contributor to the increase in cases that Brown County has seen recently.
The other plants OSHA is investigating are Smithfield/Patrick Cudahy plant in Cudahy, the American Foods Group in Green Bay, TNT Crust plant in Green Bay, Salm Partners plant in Denmark, and Birds Eye Foods in Darien.
The Cudahy plant is also temporarily closed, after management said it would sanitize the premises after several workers tested positive for COVID-19. OSHA spokeswoman Megan Sweeney told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel the investigation of the Cudahy plant was in response to reports of lack of face masks for workers and other safety issues.
DHS announced Monday it was sending 2,500 COVID-19 testing kits to Brown County this week, on top of the 2,200 kits sent last week. DHS will also increase contract tracing efforts in Brown County to address the outbreak.