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Troxler Backs Trump In Opening Meat Processing Plants

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler
N.C. Department of Agriculture

North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said he fully supports President Trump's decision to declare meat processing facilities essential and mandate them to stay operational.

Speaking to reporters on a Wednesday afternoon call, Troxler said these facilities are critical to the infrastructure of the state's food supply.

"I really do appreciate the decision to move forward with this executive order. I do believe it will help stabilize the supply of protein that's coming out of these plants and quite frankly it's a path forward," he said.

Troxler emphasized that there's not a food shortage and that the coronavirus is not a food-borne pathogen, so the food supply should be safe.

He said he's working with processing companies to implement safety measures for workers. However community activists say workers need more protection. Outbreaks of COVID-19 have been identified inside several processing plants in North Carolina.

Celeste Gracia covers the environment for WUNC. She has been at the station since September 2019 and started off as morning producer.
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