K-State researchers study how to protect meatpacking plants from coronavirus

Coronavirus in Kansas

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNW) – Researchers at Kansas State University were given a $1 million grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to find out how to protect workers at meatpacking plants from the coronavirus. Some plants in the U.S. closed earlier in the pandemic when employees got sick.

In the biosecurity research institute, they will test ways to properly clean surfaces and new filtration systems for the air.

While their findings could help in other scenarios, they said they are working through unique challenges the meatpacking industry faces.

“You’re going to have a high-speed line with a lot of pieces of chicken or pork going down that and people working to pack that material. The equipment that passes over the tables, the rollers, that will become soiled with the oils the fats and the proteins of the meat,” said researcher Sally Davis. “Someone in that environment could be ill or there could be a release of the virus.”

The study will take about two years to complete, but they will provide updates along the way. “Someone in that environment could be ill or there could be a release of the virus.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Download the KSN News App and stay up-to-date wherever you are. You can even watch KSN News live for free!
Click here to get the app
Get it in the App store
Get it in the Google Play store

KSN Storm Track 3 Weather

Trending Stories