China-Owned Pork Giant To “Share” Freezer Space For Vaccines

Dec 3, 2020 |

Bloomberg – Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s biggest pork producer, is willing to share space in its ultra-low temperature freezers to store Covid-19 vaccines, the company said Thursday in an emailed statement.

Virginia-based Smithfield is ready to assist health agencies if storage capacity becomes constrained, said Keira Lombardo, chief administrative officer.

Lombardo said in the statement:

“We do expect that, working with our health agency partners, we can facilitate the rapid distribution of the vaccine to food and agricultural workers. 

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“We stand ready as well to assist, as possible, with distribution to workers in other essential categories through our site-based health care facilities.”

Even before vaccines started to become available, freezer space had been in short supply with economic disruptions caused by the pandemic prompting goods such as meat to be held in cold storage for longer.

“Smithfield Foods, Inc., is a pork producer and food-processing company based in Smithfield, Virginia, in the United States, and a wholly owned subsidiary of WH Group of China.” – Wikipedia

Some ultra-low freezers get as low -80 Celsius ( minus 112 Fahrenheit), similar to the coldest temperatures in Antarctica.

Smithfield and some other food companies were forced to shut down plants earlier this year as thousands of meat-plant workers caught the virus. Source [Fair Use]. 

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