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**Tyson Foods will distribute roughly $60 million in bonuses to truck drivers and other frontline workers who keep its food distribution running efficiently during the coronavirus outbreak.
According to the Motley Fool at www.fool.com , 116,000 employees will receive a $500 bonus, though Tyson won't be cutting the checks until July.
Demand for packaged and processed foods is high right now as people stay at home, stock up on supplies, and eat at home rather than restaurants.
**The USDA has relaxed the import requirements for Chinese fragrant pears.
But, according to thepacker.com, the fragrant pears eligible to be shipped to the U.S. must now be grown in the Akesu or Korla region at a production site that is registered with plant health officials in China and approved by the USDA.
In addition, the USDA says packinghouses must have a tracking system that will allow for traceback of the fruit to individual production sites.
**U.S. companies exporting pork, beef and lamb to Canada now face simpler and clearer requirements, thanks to a joint initiative by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
U.S. Meat Export Federation’s Cheyenne McEndaffer says the revised regulations will benefit both U.S. exporters and their Canadian customers.
She notes input from USMEF and other industry associations allowed problems to be identified and addressed.