The industry has had to change how it prepares products, pivoting from places like restaurants and arenas to grocery stores.
Pork supplies are down about 40% since mid-March in the U.S., but pork shipments to China have quadrupled in that same time period.
Shutting down just one or two of those plants can take out 10% of the meat supply.
The agency hasn't set specific safety standards to hold employers to.
Maintaining social distance at these COVID-19 hot spots is not easy.
Tyson Foods is warning that millions of pounds of meat could "disappear."
The industry has consolidated over the last decades, so there are fewer plants, that handle a lot more meat.
Immigrants drawn by jobs at the local meat-packing plant are making their mark in business and politics.
The nation's food supply chain could collapse without immigrant labor.