Our Response: United States and Canada

JBS USA operates more than 60 meat, poultry and prepared foods facilities across the United States. As such, our role in providing food for Americans—and citizens around the globe— is critical. Ensuring the health and safety of our team members as we address COVID-19 is even more critical.

That’s why the company is focusing its efforts to help combat the spread of the virus while protecting our team members and our company.

JBS USA continues to partner with expert epidemiologists and medical professionals, and is following guidance provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration, local health departments and other officials to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

To date, the company has adopted more than $100 million in enhanced safety measures to keep its workplaces and team members safe.

Safety Measures

To date, the company has adopted numerous safety measures at its facilities to prevent coronavirus from entering its workplaces and support its team members.

  • Temperature testing all team members prior to entering facilities, including the use of
    hands-free thermometers and thermal imaging testing technology
  • Conducting health screenings for anyone entering the facility
  • Providing extra personal protective equipment (PPE), including face shields and protective masks, which are required to be worn at all times
  • Hiring dedicated staff whose only job is to continuously clean facilities, including common areas beyond the production floor
  • Using ultraviolet (UV) germicidal air sanitation and plasma air technology to neutralize
    potential viruses in plant ventilation and air purification systems
  • Increasing sanitation and disinfection efforts, including whole facility deep-cleaning every day
  • Removing vulnerable populations from our facilities, offering full pay and benefits
  • Requiring sick team members to stay home from work, offering pay and benefits to team members consistent with our short term disability policy
  • Waiving short-term disability waiting periods
  • Offering pay and benefits for COVID-19 positive team members who are under the company-mandated 14-day quarantine and cannot work from home
  • Providing free 100% preventative care to all team members enrolled in the company’s
    health plan
  • Offering free LiveHealth Online services for team members enrolled in the company’s health plan that allow for virtual doctor visits at no cost
  • Implementing flexible work-from-home practices for corporate team members
  • Invested $100 million to enhance safeguards for our workforce and to reward team members with thank-you bonuses. All hourly facility team members received at minimum a $600 thank-you bonus.
  • Increasing spacing in cafeterias, break and locker rooms, including dividers in common areas and on the production floor
  • Promoting physical distancing by staggering starts, shifts and breaks
  • Hiring staff to assist with education, training and enforcement of COVID-19 preventive measures
  • Educating and encouraging team members to practice social distancing at home and in the community outside of work
  • Restricting access to facilities and not allowing visitors
  • Prohibiting international and domestic travel

Active Collaboration

JBS USA continues to communicate and coordinate with federal, state, local and public health officials to:

  • Proactively demonstrate plant interventions and safety measures
  • Provide insight on industry best practices and seek expertise

JBS USA is also investing more than $50 million in the local communities where its team members live and work. The investment will include donations to alleviate food insecurity, strengthen long-term community infrastructure and well-being, and support COVID-19 emergency response and relief efforts.

Adapting and Adjusting

We have instituted policies with regard to social distancing and sanitation, and developed a COVID-19 training program that includes specific instructions on how to stay safe at work, as well as how to stay safe at home. As this health crisis continues to evolve, JBS USA will continue to adapt and adjust its approach as necessary.

To date, JBS USA temporarily closed four facilities (facilities include: Souderton, PA; Green Bay, WI; Greeley, CO and Worthington, MN) to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. All facilities have reopened.

We are proud to provide food for our families, our communities and our nation as we face this challenge together.


Please contact Nikki Richardson (nikki.richardson@jbssa.com) for additional information.