Tyson Foods fires 7 involved in betting on COVID infections at Iowa plant

The food giant commissioned an independent investigation into the scandal.
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Tyson Foods has announced it's fired seven managers involved in a betting scheme that saw them wager on how many workers would test positive for COVID-19.

The action was taken following the findings of an independent investigation into the actions of managers at its pork plant in Waterloo.

A betting pool was organized in the spring as the early days of the pandemic saw meat plants particularly hard-hit by the spread of the virus.

The Waterloo plant suffered more than 1,000 cases of COVID-19, resulting in the deaths of six workers.

"We value our people and expect everyone on the team, especially our leaders, to operate with integrity and care in everything we do,” said Tyson Foods President & CEO Dean Banks.

"The behaviors exhibited by these individuals do not represent the Tyson core values, which is why we took immediate and appropriate action to get to the truth. Now that the investigation has concluded, we are taking action based on the findings.”

The investigation was led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

As well as firing the seven managers, Tyson has pledged to "open more communication channels to hear team member voices," and create a working group of local community leaders "to strengthen collaboration."

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