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As workers in meat plants continue to fall sick with the coronavirus and factories shutter as a result, many Americans are suffering from meat shortages in their communities (RELATED: The Latest COVID Hot Spots as America Begins to Reopen).

In spite of this, much of the American meat supply is still being exported to China instead of being prioritized for delivery to Americans.

As Yahoo News reports:

Processors including Smithfield Foods, owned by China’s WH Group Ltd <0288.HK>, Brazilian-owned JBS USA [JBS.UL] and Tyson Foods Inc <TSN.N> temporarily closed about 20 U.S. meat plants as the virus infected thousands of employees, prompting meatpackers and grocers to warn of shortages. Some plants have resumed limited operations as workers afraid of getting sick stay home.

The disruptions mean consumers could see 30% less meat in supermarkets by the end of May, at prices 20% higher than last year, according to Will Sawyer, lead economist at agricultural lender CoBank.

While pork supplies tightened as the number of pigs slaughtered each day plunged by about 40% since mid-March, shipments of American pork to China more than quadrupled over the same period, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

Smithfield, which China’s WH Group bought for $4.7 billion in 2013, was the biggest U.S. exporter to China from January to March, according to Panjiva, a division of S&P Global Market Intelligence. Smithfield shipped at least 13,680 tonnes by sea in March, Panjiva said, citing its most recent data.

It’s absolutely stunning that one of America’s largest meat producers would feel brazen and shameless enough to deprive suffering Americans from direly needed food supplies while shipping the same badly needed products to a U.S. enemy.

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Jake Walker has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His passions include geopolitics, history, and contemporary American politics. Jake's arrival in Washington, D.C. followed a rural New England upbringing in a tight-knit family.

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Dennis B Anderson
2 years ago

They are trying to take this country down. One should ask if Comey and Schiff are still on the payroll?

Moe
Moe
2 years ago

We already know the Biden family was on the Chinese communist payroll. We also know democrats are siding with China over America to harm Trump. Which means they would kill us to get another globalist dictator like Obama.

A. D Roberts
2 years ago
Reply to  Moe

It is time to end China’s ownership of anything on American soil. Time to simply confiscate their companies and any land or buildings they own. Take them. Declare they are forfeited as punishment for the corona and for the actions in the South China Sea. What can they do? Cut off trade? Let them. See how long their economy lasts.

Nelson Jones
Nelson Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  A. D Roberts

Let us all remember we are Americans and need to support each and every one that calls America HOME.
EXCLUDE ALL THAT FEEL THE NEED TO TAKE OVER OUR COUNTRY. I don’t need a gun Because my M1A1 is ready to finish the job.

A. D. Roberts
2 years ago
Reply to  Moe

We wanted to force the Chinese to buy our goods. And so it happens we did not have to force them at all.
NOW it is time to cut the exports of critical supplies to them. And cut off ALL imports from them except for those balanced by a DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR equality. This is the time to make them pay for what they have done with
CCP virus
South China Sea grab of the oceans of the region.
Failure to curb North Korea.
Efforts to corner the supply of GOLD and make their money into the reserve currence.
WE CAN DO IT. That is, unless Biden gets in and sells his soul and the nation to them.

mojo
mojo
2 years ago

Since china owns the companies sending these products if they are paying the corporate taxes. China owns the company, the shipping means and they are selling to themselves so are they required to pay the taxes.
They have scammed and taken advantage of our previous lame brained government for the last 40years, thank GOD FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP.

A. D Roberts
2 years ago

No, we NEED to stop foreign countries and companies from buying our country. This is from the Bible. It is what happens when a nation turns their back on God.

Nelson Jones
Nelson Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  A. D Roberts

AMEN

lilj
lilj
2 years ago

Time for the middle class, hard working American to take back what is rightfully ours and tell our government, NO MORE!
No to taxes, NO to planned Parenthood, NO to foreigners.
I AM DONE giving MY hard earned $$$ to other countries and OTHER states who are WILLFULLY financial irresponsible!

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Russell Howell
Russell Howell
2 years ago

Is anyone really surprised? Major meat packing companies have been sold to China and now these China owned companies are shipping meat to China before taking care of Americans? Smithfield Foods, the biggest pork packing company in the world was sold to China during the Obama administration.

tracker1
tracker1
2 years ago
Reply to  Russell Howell

Well, Obama wants the USA to be a muslim country…………..and muslim countries don’t USE pork products

Glenn Shannon
Glenn Shannon
2 years ago
Reply to  tracker1

No but it is just another way to bring America down so the Chinese are helpful along with the Muslim’s

Nelson Jones
Nelson Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  tracker1

Bacon everything sea to shining sea!

Thomas L Simpson
Thomas L Simpson
2 years ago
Reply to  Russell Howell

Obviously you’re not aware of the crisis in the farm belt which has been an ongoing problem for many decades. Cartels and Wall St have ripped the soul out of family farming by blocking parity pricing, while food cartels have taken over meat and poultry processing plants, paying farmers less per 100 weight than it costs to produce. The results are dramatic as farmers and ranchers are forced into farming below breakeven until they go bankrupt. And plugging the gap with imports year after year threatens our food security. No international company should be allowed to own more than 50% of one company. That’s all. As for the food cartels in the US, they should be broken up and a national parity price established for each category of food.

Truckman
Truckman
2 years ago
Reply to  Russell Howell

I am not supprised myself if meat gets hard to find for me hos run wild cows are in feilds I can dress and cutup eather one just will have to have room to freeze it I am not going hungry plus I am a little bit of a prepper

Nelson Jones
Nelson Jones
2 years ago
Reply to  Truckman

What the ???? are you trying to say?