A dire warning from the Chairman of Tyson Foods is being reported by NBC News. John Tyson, the Chairman of the Board for Tyson Foods, has issued a warning that the national food chain is currently at risk. NBC's report is centered around a full page ad taken out by Tyson in The New York Times, which was also posted as a blog on the company's site. Inside the statement, the Chairman says:

"In small communities around the country where we employ over 100,000 hard-working men and women, we’re being forced to shutter our doors. This means one thing – the food supply chain is vulnerable. As pork, beef and chicken plants are being forced to close, even for short periods of time, millions of pounds of meat will disappear from the supply chain. As a result, there will be limited supply of our products available in grocery stores until we are able to reopen our facilities that are currently closed."

The warning became more aggressive deeper in the letter:

"In addition to meat shortages, this is a serious food waste issue. Farmers across the nation simply will not have anywhere to sell their livestock to be processed, when they could have fed the nation. Millions of animals – chickens, pigs and cattle – will be depopulated because of the closure of our processing facilities. The food supply chain is breaking."