Hurricane Ida Shuts Down Chicken Plants

Aug. 31, 2021
Operations at two major poultry processors in the Gulf region were interrupted by Hurricane Ida on Aug. 30.

Operations at two major poultry processors in the Gulf region were interrupted by Hurricane Ida on Aug. 30, but the affected plants are either back online or expected to be so shortly.

The storm stopped operations at one Louisiana and all five Mississippi locations of Sanderson Farms. A statement from CEO Joe Sanderson said that all affected locations had power except for the one in Hammond, La., and a hatchery/feed mill in McComb, Miss., and that these would resume running on generator power. Sanderson Farms will run all through the holiday weekend, including Labor Day, to make up for lost production, the statement said.

“We have experience managing through catastrophic weather events, and we were prepared to respond to Hurricane Ida and do all we can to protect our assets,” Sanderson said in the statement.

In addition, Tyson Foods reportedly suspended some Mississippi operations on Aug. 30, but these were scheduled to resume by Aug. 31.

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