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JBS USA, Pilgrim's to resume production after cyberattack

JBS USA, Pilgrim's to resume production after cyberattack
JBS has announced that production will resume Thursday after cyberattack over the weekend. Photo courtesy of JBS

June 3 (UPI) -- JBS USA and Pilgrim's said they are slated to resume production Thursday after a weekend cyberattack.

JBS USA, a subsidiary of JBS S.A., a Brazil-based company that is the world's largest beef supplier, shuttered processing facilities in the United States and Australia after cyberattack on the company over the weekend, which the FBI said Thursday came from a Russian cybercriminal organization.

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Pilgrim's Pride, another subsidiary of JBS S.A., which is one of the world's largest poultry producers, according to its website, was also impacted by the weekend cyberattack with at least one processing facility in Arcadia. Wis., canceling its night shift Monday due to computer issues.

JBS announced Wednesday in a statement that both JBS USA and Pilgrim's were making progress toward the scheduled resumption of production at all of their facilities Thursday in a "rapid recovery," affecting more than 100,000 team members at both companies, partners and customers.

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"JBS USA and Pilgrim's continue to make significant progress in restoring our IT systems and returning to business as usual," JBS USA CEO Andre Nogueira said in the statement. "Today, the vast majority of our facilities resumed operations as we forecast yesterday, including all of our pork, poultry and prepared foods facilities around the world and the majority of our beef facilities in the U.S. and Australia."

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"Given the progress our teams have made to address this situation, we anticipate operating at close to full capacity across our global operations tomorrow," Nogueira added.

Beef and pork production have begun to rebound, the USDA said Thursday in a statement to The Hill.

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"Our daily market data show a strong rebound in cattle and hog slaughter, which we expect to continue through the week, while poultry numbers are higher this week than last," the USDA said in the statement. "All in all, the market is moving toward normalization and, if the situation continues to resolve quickly, we don't expect this incident to have lasting effects on wholesale and retail prices."

The Biden administration has urged other meat producers to fill the void left by the JBS attack and "take any necessary measures to alleviate price increases or shortages," the USDA added.

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