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North American Meat Institute Statement on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver

Monday, February 22, 2021

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 22, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) today released the following statement regarding HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver:

“The protection of the 500,000 men and women whose hard work and dedication keeps meat in Americans’ refrigerators and our farm economy working during this pandemic is not a joke,” said Julie Anna Potts, President and CEO of the Meat Institute. “The fact is, due to comprehensive protections instituted since the spring of 2020, independent data show COVID-19 infection rates are now three times lower for meat and poultry workers than the general public.”

Meat and Poultry Industry Worker Safety Facts

The North American Meat Institute is the leading voice for the meat and poultry industry. The Meat Institute’s members process the vast majority of U.S. beef, pork, lamb, and poultry, as well as manufacture the equipment and ingredients needed to produce the safest and highest quality meat and poultry products.


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