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JBS USA, Pilgrim’s see progress in resolving cyberattack

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GREELEY, Colo. — JBS USA and Pilgrim’s announced significant progress June 1 in resolving the cyberattack that has impacted the company’s operations in North America and Australia.

“JBS USA and Pilgrim’s are a critical part of the food supply chain,” said Andre Nogueira, JBS USA CEO. “We recognize our responsibility to our team members, producers and consumers to resume operations as soon as possible. Our systems are coming back online, and we are not sparing any resources to fight this threat.”

Operations in Mexico and the United Kingdom were not impacted and are conducting business as normal. The virtual attack made cybersecurity as priority for JBS.

“We have cybersecurity plans in place to address these types of issues, and we are successfully executing those plans,” Nogueira said. “Given the progress our IT professionals and plant teams have made in the last 24 hours, the vast majority of our beef, pork, poultry and prepared foods plants will be operational (June 2).”

In the U.S., JBS USA and Pilgrim’s were able to ship product from nearly all of its facilities to supply customers. The company also continues to make progress in resuming plant operations in the U.S. and Australia.

Several of the company’s poultry, pork and prepared foods plants were operational as of June 1. Its Canada beef facility resumed production. JBS USA has received strong support from the U.S., Australian and Canadian governments, conducting daily calls with officials in an effort to safeguard the food supply.

The company is not aware of any evidence at this time that any customer, supplier or employee data has been compromised.

“I want to personally thank the White House, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Australian and Canadian governments,” said Nogueira, “for their assistance over the last two days.”

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