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Hormel stresses employee wellbeing amidst pandemic

A Minnesota-based pork processor continues to stress employee health and safety in the midst of a global pandemic.

Richard Carlson, vice president of quality management for Hormel Foods, says the company has employed protection and mitigation strategies to remain operational.

“So that they could come to work and feel like it was a safe place to be, and that we could prevent COVID from spreading in our workplaces. And at the same time, hopefully our employees become ambassadors for those messages.”

During a webinar hosted by the Minnesota Agricultural Utilization Research Institute Wednesday, Carlson said there were many disruptions early in the pandemic.

“In terms of marketing and sales, and having shortages or seeing facilities that did shut down because of COVID-related things. And how those ripple effects end up working their way through the supply chain.”

The Austin, Minnesota company has been collaborating with state and local public health departments to ensure worker safety.

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