Tyson Foods' officials announced today that the company will temporarily suspend slaughter at its Columbus Junction, Iowa, pork packing and processing plant because area flood waters are expected to rise. Iowa has been inundated with rain for several days, even weeks, and Wednesday brought even more pressure to already swollen rivers.
The plant is located in southwest Iowa, near the cross section of Iowa and Cedar rivers.. "Rising waters are expected to limit access to the plant," said Gary Mickelson, Tyson spokesperson.
The plan is for the plant to process pork, but not slaughter animals on Thursday. The plant will remain closed off all activity on Friday, Saturday, and perhaps Monday, depending on the conditions.
The plant has a daily slaughter capacity of approximately 9,000 head.
Source: Tyson Foods