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Democrats Probe Tyson, Smithfield, OSHA Over Covid Outbreaks

A Democratic-led House panel is launching a probe into coronavirus outbreaks at meatpacking plants and whether the Occupational Safety and Health Administration adequately enforced worker safety rules. Representative James Clyburn, who chairs the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, …

China Floods Blamed for Fresh African Swine Fever Outbreaks

BEIJING — Outbreaks of deadly African swine fever are surging in some parts of southern China following heavy rains, analysts and industry sources said, in what could be a big setback for Beijing’s goal of replenishing pork supplies. China’s hog …

Viewpoint: To Restart Business, Protect Workers

States that are reopening their economies even as cases of Covid-19 are still rising are threatening their own residents and the whole country. But they are also running into two challenges that all states will face: Employees don’t want to …

U.S. Labor Secretary Defends Workplace Safety Record During Pandemic

U.S. Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia on Thursday defended his department’s handling of workplace safety during the coronavirus pandemic, saying “the cop is on the beat” in response to union criticism about a lack of directives to protect workers. In a …

Catastrophe Bonds Signal Coronavirus Nearing Pandemic Status

The World Health Organization says the coronavirus isn’t yet a global pandemic. Bonds that insure against just such a catastrophe say that it probably is. The bonds, sold in 2017 by the World Bank to raise money for poor countries …

Listeria Outbreaks in Produce are Rare, Deadly

An outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe that has killed as many as four people is a mystery to disease specialists who are used to seeing the pathogen in deli meats and soft cheeses. About 800 cases of listeria are found …