More meatpackers getting vaccinated across the country

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I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

Meatpacking workers across the country have started receiving coronavirus vaccines and thousands more will have a chance to get their shots this week. Officials with the United Food and Commercial Workers union say interest in the vaccine is high among workers, after the industry took a heavy toll from the virus. The major meatpacking companies – JBS, Cargill, Tyson Foods, and Smithfield Foods – say a number of states plan to begin vaccinating meat plant workers this week, including in Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas.

A California judge is giving a tentative green light to a 15-million dollar settlement between Posts Foods and consumers. The company was accused of misleading shoppers by falsely advertising sugary cereals as healthy. Under the agreement, Post will also refrain from using claims such as “Less Processed”, “No High Fructose Corn Syrup” or “Natural” on boxes of cereal where more than 10-percent of the calories come from added sugar.

Petaluma, California is the first city in the U-S to permanently halt the construction of new gas stations. A new law in the city also prevents adding new pumps at existing stations. The city is home to 61-thousand residents and is 15-square miles in size. It plans to completely phase out carbon emissions by 2030.

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