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Iowa finds no violations at Waterloo Tyson plant with COVID-19 outbreak

Tyson Waterloo Plant
Tyson pork processing plant in Waterloo, Iowa.

WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- Iowa's workplace safety agency says an inspection didn't uncover any violations at the Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo.

The plant, which is the largest pork processing plant in the state, has seen several employees die after contracting COVID-19. The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration closed its investigation into the plant earlier this month without sanctioning the meat company. Iowa lawmakers filed an OSHA complaint in April over working conditions at the plant.

County officials and workers have alleged that in March and early April, Tyson workers did not have adequate personal protective equipment to stop the spread of the virus and were not social distancing.

The plant voluntarily shut down for two weeks in late April. The company says it has taken numerous safety steps since then.

The Black Hawk County Health Department reported more than 1,000 of the plant's 2,800 workers had tested positive for the virus by early May.

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