What does the White House say?
As warnings mount that stores will run out, Trump will invoke the Defense Production Act to compel the meatpacking businesses to keep working.
The forthcoming order will label processing plants as "critical infrastructure".
An estimated 3,300 USA meatpacking workers have been diagnosed with coronavirus and 20 have died.
He said that actions in the states have led to closures of processing plants but those closures threaten the supply chain.
The White House worked directly with executives from the meat-processing companies to determine what they needed to stay open safely, the administration official said.
The order was little consolation for farmers such as Henry Moore of Clinton, North Carolina, who in recent weeks aborted thousands of unborn piglets and euthanised newly born ones because of the closures of packing plants.
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The order is designed, in part, to protect companies from liability if workers end up getting sick.
Trump on Tuesday said the order would address what he described as a "legal roadblock".
But the official said there is "not as much" concern about Americans contracting COVID-19 through food as there is about workers contracting the disease from each other, which is why the administration is issuing guidance through the Labor Department.
"People should never be expected to put their lives at risk by going to work", said Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. "We're working with Tyson, which is one of the big companies in that world".
"For these plants to reopen", U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack tweeted, "extraordinary efforts are needed to guarantee they are clean and that the workers are healthy and able to remain safe while keeping the plants running and feeding America". With most plant shutdowns lasting about 14 days for safety reasons, that further underscores the potential for deficits.
When outbreaks have happened, local public health agencies have pushed in some cases for temporary closures so they can limit wider outbreaks in communities and conduct mass testing to determine who is carrying the virus. The plant closed over the weekend to undergo a deep cleaning.
The email from Burleson also said that Tyson Foods is "relaxing our attendance policy to encourage workers to stay at home when they're sick, and eliminating the waiting period for eligibility on short-term disability benefits, so workers can receive pay while they're sick with the flu or COVID-19".
"The company refused, saying there would be a shortage of workers", Goni said, adding that 80% to 85% of the plant's workers are Somali. And, that will solve any liability problems where they had certain liability problems and, uh, we'll be in very good shape, " the president said during an event at the Oval Office. "The health and safety of our team members remains our number one priority", Bruett said. Tyson Foods was reportedly considering a plan to keep only 20% of their facilities open.