As meat and poultry operations across the nation work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in processing facilities, they're taking the fight to the air. In part, that's due to mounting scientific evidence that indicates the highly infectious novel coronavirus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, is transmitted through air, not just by person-to-person (via respiratory droplets) or surface contact alone.
None of this is particularly good news for meat processing plants, where Covid-19 prevention and intervention tactics have focused on intensified sanitation measures for facilities and surfaces. With a more robust understanding of a facility's airflow patterns and adopting some of today's advanced air cleaning technologies – meat and poultry processors can step up their air defense strategies as part of an effective multi-barrier approach to reducing COVID-19 in the plant.
JBS USA has invested millions in plasma bipolar ionization technology across its beet: pork, and poultry plants "to ensure the best possible air quality for our team members," according to Eduardo Noronha, global head of operational excellence at JBS USA.