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CDC Provides New Guidelines to Keep Poultry Processors Safe

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control will help keep poultry processing workers safe and ensure the supply chain, according to the National Chicken Council.

The CDC guidance reiterates many already identified mitigation measures, including social distancing, engineering controls to minimize potential contact, protective gear and face coverings, shift staggering, health screenings, training and awareness, and financial incentives not to report to work sick.

“We appreciate the administration’s new guidance in an effort to further keep our workers safe and keep food on the shelves,”said NCC President Mike Brown.

Brown added that the biggest problem processors face is inconsistencies among state and local health departments and government officials who develop conflicting their own criteria. NCC is urging states to adopt guidelines by the CDC and other federal agencies immediately.