KANSAS CITY, MO. – Following Hurricane Ida making landfall in Louisiana over the weekend, a number of meat and poultry processors have made the decision to shut down operations in the potential path.
As of Aug. 30, the hurricane has now been downgraded to a tropical storm after initially making landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 with winds reaching 150 mph. After starting its path in Louisiana, the storm is projected to move through Mississippi.
Sanderson Farms Inc. stated online that six of its poultry processing facilities would not operate on Monday. The company listed a plant in Hammond, La., plus facilities in McComb, Laurel, Collins, Hazlehurst and Flowood, Miss.
The company said if workers had questions, they should contact their supervisor. Sanderson will share more updates on its social media pages and advised people to check local news stations for further updates.
A Tyson Foods Inc. spokesperson said that it temporarily suspended operations in some storm-affected locations in Mississippi.
"We are in close contact with our customers to minimize disruption and continue to fulfill orders," Tyson said in a statement.
Tyson expects to resume normal operations at all impacted locations by Aug.31.
The poultry producer also said that it plans to donate an initial 500,000 meals and multiple truckloads of bulk ice through our Meals that Matter disaster relief program in response to the impact of Hurricane Ida. Tyson is also coordinating with disaster relief partners including Convoy of Hope, Feed the Children and The Salvation Army, to provide relief to storm victims, volunteers and first responders.