JBS Cyberattack Affecting Operations at Iowa Plants

IOWA - Meat Supplier JBS says most of its operations should be back to normal Wednesday after a cyberattack.

Disruptions occurred at the companies two plants in Iowa Tuesday with some worker shifts canceled in Marshalltown and Ottumwa.

The Ottumwa plant is also canceling some shifts Wednesday while is continues to deal with IT Issues.

The attack on JBS is the latest in a series of high-profile cyberattacks, after the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline several weeks ago.

The Biden administration is getting involved in the JBS attack.

White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre said during an Air Force One trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma Tuesday that the FBI is investigating after "JBS notified the administration that the ransom demand came from a criminal organization likely based in Russia."

Jean-Pierre also said the Departments of Agriculture has reached out to several major meat processors in the United States to ensure they are aware of the situation.

JBS is the second-largest producer of beef, pork and chicken in the U.S., and there's concern the latest shutdown could lead to a spike in meat prices.

The Wall Street reports buyers are scrambling for alternatives and raising pressure on meat supplies, as the nation's food-supply chain already under strain from labor shortages

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