From the NCMPA President
With some of the nation’s largest meat processors having to scale back or temporarily close to bolster efforts in the fight against COVID-19, there is inevitable strain on the meat supply chain. These interruptions, along with increased demand of retail packaged products for home consumption, create the all too currently familiar environment at the grocery store. Rest assured that since early March 2020, many of our members have been planning, maneuvering, equitably allocating, and realigning various distribution and supply chains where feasible to meet the needs of the people. Our top priority has been the safety of our employees and there has been significantly elevated efforts in sanitation. Keep in mind all of us actively engage in Good Manufacturing Practices and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures under normal conditions, but with COVID-19 these are further highlighted and additional cleaning has been a top priority.
Though all the guidelines were not exceptionally clear in the beginning, I know of none of us who haven’t given the same thought and care to our employees that we would ourselves and our families. We are all doing everything we possibly can to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19. We are all in this together and we could probably all shut down in the wake of fear, or we can do our best to move forward with care and caution. We are controlling what we can control, going to work, and trying not worry about the uncontrollable. Can anyone of us add a single hour to our life by worry? Prudent planning and careful navigation we can do given available resources, and that is what we’ve done. People count on us to provide food and we are going to do that as safely as we can. We count on all our folks to come to work and do their best. They count on us to show up and lead with compassion and by example. It’s up to us as the employers to make sure we are providing the safest possible environment we can in the dynamic battle against this virus and we take this very seriously. As this evolves, we will adapt and overcome together. So, though there may be strain on the supply chain, we will continue to serve and bear this burden with you all.
Sincerely and optimistically looking toward tomorrow,
NC Meat Processors Association
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Labor (DOL) have issued guidance specific to the meat and poultry processing industry in order to facilitate ongoing operations and support the food supply, while also mitigating the risk of spreading COVID-19.
USDA strongly recommends establishments utilize the recommendations highlighted in the guidance document where practical, recognizing that how they are implemented may differ given the unique circumstances of establishments and processing facilities nationwide. In the event of a closure, establishments should work with the state departments of agriculture and state and local health authorities, in coordination with CDC, to utilize the guidance and develop a plan to safely resume operations as soon as possible.
These guidelines were developed recognizing that these establishments and their operations are critical to the security of the nation’s food supply. Steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 should remain in place throughout the pandemic and to the extent that companies must reduce or alter capacity, split shifts, or add additional processing days to implement the CDC and DOL recommendations, FSIS remains committed to ensuring that food safety regulations are met.
North Carolina Meat Processors Association
The NC State University and the North Carolina Meat Processors Association one-of-a-kind Barbeque Camp scheduled for May 29-30 has been cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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North Carolina Meat Processors, Inc.
66th Annual Meeting – July 17-19, 2020
At the Newly Renovated Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort,
Myrtle Beach, SC
Make Your Hotel Reservations Now
The NCMPA will celebrate its 66th Anniversary at the newly renovated Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort this summer. Many exciting activities are planned.
We will begin on Friday afternoon, July 17th, with a Board of Directors Meeting, afterwards the group will gather in the lobby to go to a local restaurant as a group (Dutch Treat).
On Saturday, July 19th, we will have a full day of education and time built in for visiting the Exhibits. Saturday evening will conclude with dinner and the 6th Annual Corn Hole Tournament!
Reservations can be made by calling the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort or online using the link below.
Call in to make reservations, please call (800) 876-0010, option 3 for Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort. Identify yourself as attendees of the NC Meat Processors Association Event and use the following SRP code: MEA.
Book online by logging in to your Hilton Account, choose the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, choose your dates and use the group code: MEA.
The group rate of $285 per night is available until June 22nd or until the block sells out. Reservations MUST BE MADE by June 22nd, 2020, to receive the special group rate.
NCMPA was organized to promote, develop, and maintain the advancement of the meat processing industry. The association is comprised of Processor Members and Associate Members, and overseen by an elected Board of Directors.