RALEIGH, N.C. — (The News & Observer) — Coronavirus outbreaks at meat processing plants are forcing North Carolina farmers to euthanize 1.5 million chickens, according to a state official.
Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Joe Reardon said on Friday that this is the first time during the pandemic that North Carolina farmers have had to euthanize their animals.
Reardon said roughly a third of the 1.5 million chickens already had been killed.
Agriculture officials said Thursday that 2,006 workers in 26 processing plants across the state have tested positive for coronavirus.
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