(Reuters) – JBS suspended some shifts at major U.S. and Canadian meat factories on Tuesday after the company suffered a cyberattack over the weekend, according to unions and the company's social media.
The attack caused JBS's Australian operations. to turn off on Monday. The company, the world's largest meat packer, said it was working to resolve the incident.
"On Sunday, May 30, JBS USA determined that this was the target of an organized cyber-security attack affecting some of the servers supporting its North American and Australian IT systems," it said in a statement released on Monday.
JBS reported the incident a few weeks after a ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel line in the United States, paralyzed fuel supplies for several days in the Southeast.
The attack also comes at a time of rising global meat prices as China increases imports, food costs rise and plants continue to face labor shortages that began during the COVID-1
Two deaths and manufacturing shifts had been interrupted at JBS's beef factory in Greeley, Colorado, due to the cyberattack, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Local 7 representatives said in an email. JBS Beef in Cactus, Texas, also said on Facebook that it would not work on Tuesday – updated an earlier post that had said that the facility would work as normal.
The United States Cattlemen & # 39; s Association, an industry group, said on Twitter that it had reports that JBS was redirecting keepers who arrived at plants and would release animals for processing.
JBS Canada said in a Facebook post that shifts had been interrupted at the factory in Brooks, Alberta, on Monday and a shift so far had been interrupted on Tuesday.
The Brazilian company, which has its North American headquarters in Greeley, did not respond to further questions about the cyberattack.