The closure of the JBS SA plants, which collectively handled 22,500 cattle a day, instantly wiped out nearly 20 percent of America’s beef production after apparent hackers targeted the company’s computer networks over the weekend, Bloomberg reported, citing JBS, unions and employees.
Beef processing facilities in Utah, Texas, Wisconsin and Nebraska were closed while plants in Iowa and Colorado saw shifts canceled, the outlet reported.
The Wall Street Journal said production has also been impacted in Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
The globe’s largest meat producer is also seeing shutdowns in Australia and in Canada where operations at one of the country’s largest slaughterhouses was paused for a second day Tuesday.
JBS, based in Brazil, didn’t comment on plant closures but said they were forced to shut their computer networks in North America and Australia following the organized cyber onslaught