How Could This Have Happened?

How Could This Have Happened?

Nov. 23, 2020
Managers at a Tyson Foods plant in Iowa organized a pool betting on who would get COVID-19.

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On Nov. 19 as part of a federal wrongful death lawsuit, it was reported by various news sources that managers at a Tyson Foods plant in Iowa had organized a group bet.

But it wasn’t the normal football betting pool. This pool, which occurred in late March and early April, involved betting on how many employees at the meatpacking plant would contract COVID -19.

As reported by NBC news the suit was filed by the estate of a deceased employee at the Waterloo Iowa pork processing plant. 

Tyson, which says it produces 20% of the beef, pork and chicken in the U.S, said on Nov. 22 that it has suspended the managers who were accused of running that pool.

"We have suspended, without pay, the individuals allegedly involved and have retained the law firm Covington & Burling LLP to conduct an independent investigation led by former Attorney General Eric Holder," the company said as reported on

Tyson has had several severe outbreaks at its facilities, according to NPR, which has caused temporary shutdowns.

Since March, according to court filings, more than 1,000 employees at the Waterloo facility have contracted COVDI-19. Since May about 4,600 cases of the disease and 18 deaths have been linked to Tyson Foods, Business Insider reported.         

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Adrienne Selko is also the senior editor at Material Handling and Logistics and is a former editor of IndustryWeek. 




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