JBS working to get back online; Meat prices could be affected

OMAHA, Neb. -- The world's largest meat processing company is getting back online after production around the world, and in Nebraska, was disrupted by a cyberattack.

Meatpacker JBS shut down its Grand Island and Omaha plants Tuesday as the company tried to deal with a ransomware incident.

The company said late Tuesday it had made "significant progress" in dealing with the cyberattack and expected the "vast majority" of its plants to operating Wednesday.

Among those plants expected to re-open on Wednesday was the company's Grand Island location, though the Omaha plant remained closed.

The incident could also result in rising meat prices, just as grilling season heats up.

Some experts are warning the slowdown could cause temporary beef and pork shortages, causing higher prices on the products.

The Department of Agriculture is asking other meat processors to temporarily increase their capacities.

JBS is the second-largest producer of beef, pork and chicken in the U.S.

The ransomware attack comes only a few weeks after a similar attack on Colonial Pipeline, which forced a six-day shutdown of one of the United States' largest fuel pipelines.

The White House says the hackers who hit JBS are likely from a Russia-based criminal organization.

 

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