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JBS USA has temporarily cut production at its Souderton, Pennsylvania, meatpacking plant because several senior managers displayed flu-like symptoms.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the employees have been sent home to monitor their health, the company said in a statement.

Operations are expected to return to normal on April 14. In the meantime, the plant's fabrication and ground beef production will continue.

"We wish our team members a speedy recovery and salute the health care professionals who are tirelessly working to protect us all. We also thank our team members and everyone who is helping to keep food on tables during this challenging time," the company said.

JBS is the world's largest meat processor, and the Souderton plant is one of the largest such facilities in the region.

A spokesman did not respond to questions about whether the slowdown would affect operations at the company's buying stations in Denver and Greencastle, Pennsylvania.

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