South Dakota Department of Health requires plan of action from Smithfield be submitted before Sioux Falls, S.D., plant reopens.
The Indiana processing facility produces 3 million pounds of pork daily and helps support more than 250 independent family farmers from across nine states.
Decision to stop production resulted from combination of worker absenteeism, COVID-19 cases and community concerns.
Prestage now testing all employees at Eagle Grove facility after 16 employees with Black Hawk County connections tested COVID-19 positive and were asymptomatic.
After being idle for two weeks due to COVID-19 concerns, Iowa plant opened Tuesday; will gradually increase production with team members' safety top of mind.
The Minnesota pork processing facility harvests 20,000 hogs per day.
The Austin, Minn-based company announced over the weekend that it had halted production for 14 days at its Alma Foods and Rochelle Foods plants.