Cargill says Texas meat plants idled after cold snap

CHICAGO, Feb 17 (Reuters) - Cargill Inc said on Wednesday that meat plants in three Texas cities will be idled through Thursday because a local utility company has curtailed natural gas availability after a cold snap hit the state.

Cargill hopes to run the facilities in Waco, Fort Worth and Round Rock, Texas, this week, according to a statement.

The privately held commodity trader added that its feed, meat and agricultural supply chain networks are running at a reduced capacity or experiencing delays due to transportation problems and road conditions. (Reporting by Tom Polansek)

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