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Virus impacts food processing procedures

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As the spread of the coronavirus forces closures of major meat processing facilities around the country, concerns about worker safety and the nation’s meat supply have the industry doubling down on precautions.

On Monday, JBS — the U.S. subsidiary of the world’s largest processor of fresh beef and pork — announced it would be indefinitely closing its pork production plant in Worthington, Minnesota. The facility is the third JBS plant to suspend operations following a surge in coronavirus cases, following the closure of their beef facility in Colorado last week and another in Pennsylvania, which has since reopened.

Additionally, other major meat processors including Tyson Foods have fallen victim to the coronavirus. Tyson’s pork processing plant in Iowa is partially reopening this week after an outbreak of its own, which resulted in two employee deaths and 148 positive cases of the virus. Others throughout the country remain closed.

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So long, farewell: The major Modesto, valley business and restaurant closings of 2019

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The end of the year — let alone an entire decade — always comes with a little sadness.

This year saw many longtime local businesses say goodbye for good, and national stalwarts shut down their large big box stores.

The so-called “retail apocalypse” was felt in the Central Valley as some well-known national chains faced bankruptcy. Other long-running businesses said farewell. A look at what left us in 2019.


Sears: The iconic American company closed its Modesto location in Vintage Faire Mall the first week of January 2019. Sears had had a store in Modesto for 80 years, first in downtown and then at the north Modesto mall when it opened in 1977. The national chain’s bankruptcy forced the Modesto outlet to close. But, good news, its two-story anchor space at Vintage Faire is being taken over by a Dave & Buster’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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