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JBS: Global operations near full capacity after cyberattack

JBS USA said it was on schedule to resume meat and poultry processing at all of its facilities today, with global operations close to full capacity, as it continues to recover from a weekend cyberattack that interrupted production across its plants in North America and Australia.

The world's largest meatpacker said the progress in restoring normal operations offers "further assurance" to its team members, livestock and poultry producer partners, customers and consumers, reiterating that it is not aware of any evidence that its data was compromised.

“JBS USA and Pilgrim's continue to make significant progress in restoring our IT systems and returning to business as usual,” JBS USA Chief Executive Andre Nogueira said in a statement late Wednesday. “Today, the vast majority of our facilities resumed operations as we forecast yesterday, including all of our pork, poultry and prepared foods facilities around the world and the majority of our beef facilities in the U.S. and Australia.”

The ransomware attack prompted worries about tightening meat supplies if production could not be quickly restored. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the Publix Super Markets chain cautioned the plant closures could lead to chicken shortages over the next few days.

The United States Cattlemen's Association on Wednesday sent a letter to Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg requesting emergency flexibility for transporters of livestock and fresh meat products to make sure grocery stores remain stocked in the wake of the cyberattack.

Media reports said all nine JBS beef plants in the U.S. experienced shutdowns, while production was scaled back at five of its six pork facilities and some Pilgrim's Pride chicken plants.

President Joe Biden told reporters Wednesday that his administration was "looking closely" at whether the U.S. would retaliate for the cyberattack, NBC News reported. The White House on Tuesday said the ransom demand came from a criminal group likely based in Russia.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden will raise the issue of cyberattacks by Russia-based hackers when he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in two weeks.

Australia's agriculture minister told CNN Business Wednesday that he did not anticipate a red meat shortage, even though JBS accounts for about a quarter of processing in the country.

Par Susan Kelly (03/06/2021)

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