Tyson Foods resumes slaughtering pigs at a dormant pig plant in Iowa

    CHICAGO (Reuters) – Tyson Foods Inc said it resumed slaughtering pigs at an Iowa meat plant on Wednesday, three weeks after closing the facility due to a mechanical malfunction.

    On Thursday, workers at the Columbus Junction, Iowa, plant will begin slaughtering the animals in cuts of pork, spokeswoman Liz Croston said in an email. The company plans to gradually increase production, he said.

    Tyson said on Dec.16 that the plant may be down for a few days for repairs and that it was moving production to other facilities.

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    The Columbus Junction facility kills approximately 10,100 pigs per day, or roughly 2% of the nation’s total slaughter capacity, according to industry estimates.

    Reporting by Tom Polansek in Chicago; Editing by Matthew Lewis

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