K-State researchers study how to protect meat packing plants from coronavirus

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – Researchers at Kansas State University were given a $1 million grant to find out how to protect workers at meat packing plants from the coronavirus.

Some plants in Kansas closed earlier in the pandemic when employees got sick.

Experts warn that can drive the price of meet up at local grocery stores.

In the biosecurity research institute, they will test ways to properly clean surfaces, and new filtration systems for the air.

“Someone in that environment could be ill or there could be a release of the virus.”

While their findings could help in other scenarios ,they said they are working through unique challenges the meat packing industry faces.

“You’re going to have a high-speed line with a lot of pieces of chicken or pork going down that and people working to pack that material. The equipment that passes over the tables, the rollers, that will become soiled with the oils the fats and the proteins of the meat,” said Researcher Sally Davis. “Someone in that environment could be ill or there could be a release of the virus.”

The study will take about two years to complete but they will provide updates along the way. The grant came from

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