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Maine AG, Others Want Trump To Protect Meat Industry Workers

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine's attorney general has joined a group of 20 of his peers to call for the Trump Administration to take steps to make sure meat and poultry processing facilities are safe for employees. The attorneys general are responding to an April order by President Donald Trump that was designed to keep the processing plants open amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The USDA said the order reflected the essential nature of the meat industry in the U.S.

Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey says he's concerned the order didn't protect workers who are now working in unsafe conditions.

Ari Shapiro has been one of the hosts of All Things Considered, NPR's award-winning afternoon newsmagazine, since 2015. During his first two years on the program, listenership to All Things Considered grew at an unprecedented rate, with more people tuning in during a typical quarter-hour than any other program on the radio.