The meat industry’s supply chain broke. Here’s what you need to know

In one month, the meat industry’s supply chain broke. Here’s what you need to know.

‘The food supply chain is breaking,’ Tyson Foods says. That may not be an exaggeration.

WashPost April 28, 2020

This article is provided free to the public due to the coronavirus crisis:

(excerpt) The coronavirus pandemic is now endangering the U.S. beef, chicken and pork supply chain. Worker illness has shut down meat-processing plants and forced remaining facilities to slow production to accommodate absenteeism and social-distancing protocols.

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CA should be fine… ish.

Noted as of today, SF Chronicle: The Bay Area Costco website has advised that not only are masks required, but there is now a limit of 3 meat pkgs per member card allowed. There is still a limit of 2 people per membership card allowed inside.


A Wendy’s With No Burgers as Meat Production Is Hit
Hundreds of the fast-food chain’s locations aren’t serving hamburgers and grocery stores are limiting meat purchases, as shoppers begin to feel the impact of meatpacking plant shutdowns.

NY Times 05May2020

(In summary)
…” The report also found geographic differences in how significantly Wendy’s was affected by the shortages. In some states, including New York, Connecticut, Ohio and Michigan, 30 percent or more of the chain’s restaurants were out of beef, whereas other states like Nevada and Arizona did not have any shortages.”

…” the union that represents plant workers estimates that [overall] pork production has fallen by as much as 25 percent, with beef down 10 percent.” )