World's largest pork producer fined $13,000 after 4 workers died from factory coronavirus outbreak

Smithfield foods.
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The world's largest pork producer has been charged a miniscule fraction of its annual sales after its workers contracted and died from COVID-19.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday it would fine Smithfield Foods $13,494 for "failing to protect employees from exposure to the coronavirus." That's the maximum fine allowed by law, but doesn't quite measure up to the fact that Smithfield's outbreak killed four people and hospitalized 43 more, the Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports.

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Kathryn Krawczyk

Kathryn is a graduate of Syracuse University, with degrees in magazine journalism and information technology, along with hours to earn another degree after working at SU's independent paper The Daily Orange. She's currently recovering from a horse addiction while living in New York City, and likes to share her extremely dry sense of humor on Twitter.