Our Response: United States

Pilgrim’s operates more than 30 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. Pilgrim’s 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 numerous 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.

HEALTH & WELLNESS
  • 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
INCREASED CLEANING & SANITIZING
  • Hiring dedicated staff whose only job is to continuously clean facilities, including common areas beyond the production floor
  • Germicidal air sanitation with ultraviolet (UV) and bipolar ionization technology, which help to neutralize viruses in plant ventilation and air purification systems
  • Increasing sanitation and disinfection efforts, including whole facility deep-cleaning every day
TEAM MEMBER SUPPORT
  • Removing vulnerable populations from our facilities, offering full pay and benefits
  • Requiring sick team members to stay home from work
  • Waiving short-term disability waiting periods
  • 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
SAFETY MEASURES
  • 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

Pilgrim’s 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

Pilgrim’s is also investing more than $20 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, Pilgrim’s will continue to adapt and adjust its approach as necessary.

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

MEDIA CONTACT

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