August 11, 2022

Concerns Over Meat Supply Ebb as JBS Plants Reopen After Cyberattack

SYDNEY—Production at

JBS SA

JBSAY -0.33%

meat-processing plants in Australia is coming back online faster than authorities had expected after the ransomware attack on the company this week, the country’s agriculture minister said Thursday.

Authorities hope the plants will be operating at close to full production rates by early next week, with those in the north of the country likely to be the last to ramp up, said

David Littleproud,

Australia’s agriculture minister.

“We are looking as though we’ve got a good trajectory to get there,” he said. “Obviously, there’s still a lot of variables.”

Andre Nogueira,

chief executive of JBS’s U.S. operations, said on Wednesday that most of the company’s beef facilities in Australia and the U.S. had resumed work.

The attack on JBS this week forced offline plants that account for roughly a quarter of Australia’s red-meat processing. In the U.S., plants that process nearly a quarter of beef and a fifth of pork production were disrupted, pushing up wholesale meat prices while complicating livestock deliveries from farms.

The outages are the latest blow to the U.S. meatpacking industry that is also contending with labor shortages and high costs for transport and animal feed. In Australia, the industry has separately been grappling with reduced livestock following a prolonged drought.

Mr. Littleproud said the faster-than-expected restart to production has damped earlier concerns in the market of potential shortages in Australia, which exports more than two-thirds of its beef and veal to markets including the U.S., Japan and South Korea.

“In Australia we have significant supply available,” he said.

Still, authorities want JBS to demonstrate that their computer systems are properly functioning to guarantee quality assurance, Mr. Littleproud said.

“People are pretty relieved that it seems to be resolved and they can go back and do their jobs next week,” said Matt Journeaux, an official at the Australasian Meat Industry Employees’ Union. “No one really knew how long it was going to take.”

A cyberattack on the U.S.’s largest fuel pipeline on May 7 forced a shutdown that triggered a spike in gas prices and shortages in parts of the Southeast. WSJ explains just how vulnerable the nation’s critical energy infrastructure is to attack. Photo illustration: Liz Ornitz/WSJ

Write to David Winning at [email protected]

Copyright ©2020 Dow Jones & Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 87990cbe856818d5eddac44c7b1cdeb8

in Tech
Related Posts

Motorola Solutions Raises Spending on Body Cameras to Grab Market Share

June 3, 2021

June 3, 2021

Motorola Solutions Inc. plans to spend more on developing body cameras and other video-security tools as it seeks to bulk...

From iPhones to iPads: The Apple Gadgets You Should—and Shouldn’t—Buy Right Now

June 9, 2021

June 9, 2021

You know how Punxsutawney Phil turns up every February to tell you when winter will end? Well, maybe some year...

Tesla to Store China Data Locally in New Data Center

May 26, 2021

May 26, 2021

SHANGHAI— Tesla Inc. said all data generated from cars it sold in China will be stored in a new data...

Chinese Trucking Startup Seeks to Raise Up to $1.6 Billion in U.S. IPO

June 16, 2021

June 16, 2021

Full Truck Alliance Co., a Chinese startup that provides an Uber-like service for the road-haulage industry, aims to raise as...

Irish Healthcare System Struggles With Tech Disruptions After May Ransomware Attack

June 18, 2021

June 18, 2021

Ireland’s healthcare service is still slowly restoring its technology systems five weeks after suffering a ransomware attack, highlighting the painful...

You’re Going Back to the Office. Here Is What Your Day Might Look Like.

May 29, 2021

May 29, 2021

It’s 6 a.m., Monday, somewhere in America, and Jane Q. Office Worker’s alarm goes off. She’s tempted to hit the...

Hey, 2021 Grads, These Apps Can Prepare You for Adulting

May 29, 2021

May 29, 2021

After college, life is full of decisions about 401(k)s, health insurance and budgeting. Apps like Realworld, Credit Karma and Mint...

Google Strikes Deal With Hospital Chain to Develop Healthcare Algorithms

May 26, 2021

May 26, 2021

Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG 0.65% Google and national hospital chain HCA Healthcare Inc. HCA 1.19% have struck a deal to develop...

Amazon Echo Buds 2 Review: A More Affordable Alternative to Apple’s AirPods Pro

May 23, 2021

May 23, 2021

I’ve worn earbuds more over this past year than any other. Between video calls and workouts at home, it felt...

Virgin Galactic Gets FAA Approval to Fly Customers to Space

June 25, 2021

June 25, 2021

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. SPCE 26.70% said Friday the Federal Aviation Administration will allow it to fly customers...

Want to Invest in Cybersecurity? Here Are Some ETFs to Consider

June 7, 2021

June 7, 2021

As cyberattacks become more frequent, the demand for cybersecurity-related services is naturally booming. And that may be something investors can...

How to Shop Online and Not Get Ripped Off

June 20, 2021

June 20, 2021

Shopping online can feel like magic. A couple of clicks and a few days later, a box is on your...

Next-Generation GPS Firm NextNav Nears SPAC Deal to Go Public

June 10, 2021

June 10, 2021

NextNav Holdings LLC is nearing a combination with a special-purpose acquisition company that would take the next-generation GPS firm public...

Short-Staffed Restaurants Prop Up Table Service With Technology

June 30, 2021

June 30, 2021

Casual-dining chains are leaning on technology to make the sit-down restaurant experience more automated for guests and more streamlined for...

Why the U.S. Rollout of 5G Is So Slow

May 25, 2021

May 25, 2021

Fast, or some variation of the word, is often used to describe the speeds promised by 5G. The same cannot...