Kroger, Costco to limit meat purchases in some states

Marco Green
May 5, 2020

The sign greeting customers at a Wendy's drive-thru in Warren reads, "due to the beef shortage we are not selling any beef today, only chicken".

Fresh meat purchases are temporarily limited to a total of 3 items per member among the beef, pork and poultry products.

Whether the changing supply of meat will cause prices to increase is still unknown.

For Wendy's, the shortages appear to have only affected some areas so far. In Chicago Wendy's "Baconator" bacon cheeseburger was still available for order.

In response to consumer shopping habits amid the coronavirus health crisis, Costco announced over the weekend that it would be implementing product limitations on its beef, pork and poultry.

'Because of this, some of our menu items may be in short supply from time to time at some restaurants in this current environment.

During a Monday Facebook live news conference, Highland County Emergency Operations Center Public Information Officer Branden Jackman said that the issue of a compromised food supply chain locally had been addressed at the daily morning meeting of local emergency personnel.

Both McDonald's US and Restaurant Brands International, which owns Burger King, said they don't expect shortages at this time.

This could be because social distancing is challenging at meat processing plants, and workers may show up even if they are ill, or aren't showing symptoms.

Amid those concerns, 22 other meat processing facilities across the country shut their doors as well. Together they account for 15 percent of pork production.

At the end of April, President Donald Trump ordered the plants to stay open and had his administration seek policies that would provide liability protections and safety measures for the workers. I need my parents ALIVE!' "If people don't have food, we're going to have riots".

On Saturday a small group demonstrated outside a Smithfield Foods meat packing plant in Crete, Nebraska, demanding for better working conditions.

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