Tyson and Other Meat Processors are Reportedly Speeding Up Plans for Robot Butchers

Tyson Foods and other meat processors that became early hotspots for the Covid-19 pandemic are reportedly accelerating plans to have robots replace human meatcutters.

Tyson (TSN) engineers and scientists — with the help of some designers from the auto industry — are developing an automated deboning system to help butcher the nearly 40 million chickens processed each week, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

More than 16,000 meat and poultry processing workers across 23 states have been diagnosed with Covid-19 as of May 31, according to the CDC, and 86 have died. Work safety experts and unions say that’s partly because of working conditions in the plants that entail packing employees closely together.

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