President Donald Trump’s executive order stipulating the nation’s slaughter houses continue running as critical infrastructure leaves unclear how quickly his mandate will take hold at facilities already shut down due to deadly outbreaks of COVID-19 among workers. Smithfield Foods is now considering next steps to reopen shuttered facilities, including its huge pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where more than 200 workers were stricken. The company, a U.S. subsidiary of China’s WH Group, said it would “make announcements when it is ready to resume operations in each location.”The White House order — when combined with guidance from government health, safety and labor agencies — “provides a much-needed framework that prioritizes employee health and well-being, while also stabilizing the country’s food supply and preventing the collapse of the agricultural economy,” Smithfield said in a Wednesday statement commending the action.  “Smithfield believes that the executive order will provide priority assistance in securing an ongoing supply of critical PPE, as well as aid the company in securing broader COVID-19 testing for its employees,” the company added.The United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents 250,000 meatpacking and poultry plant employees, adopted a less trusting tone, calling on the president to enact “clear


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