Closed meat plants told to submit reopening plans ASAP: agriculture secretary
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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has directed all closed meat processing plants to submit plans to reopen as soon as possible within health guidelines, he told governors in a letter.
President Trump's April 28 executive order to keep meat processing plants open also delegated powers to Perdue, who has directed all such plants to use coronavirus-related guidance laid out by the CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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"Further action under the Executive Order and the Defense Production Act is under consideration and will be taken if necessary," Perdue wrote in the letter sent Tuesday night.
Trump signed the executive order to classify meat processing as critical infrastructure in order to keep the plants open despite coronavirus outbreaks at facilities throughout the country. Many facilities have been forced to temporarily close.