US to see some meat shortages for 2 weeks before supply chain recovery: C&S Wholesale Grocers CEO
C&S Wholesale Grocers CEO Mike Duffy argues the U.S. will see some meat shortages for the next two weeks before meat processing plants start reopening, and that produce will not be impacted.
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Tyson Foods Inc. said it expects continued challenges maintaining meat production for its current fiscal year amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Meat processors are struggling to maintain operations amid outbreaks of Covid-19 among their workforce, leading supermarket chains to brace for meat shortages. President Trump recently signed an executive order meant to allow production facilities to stay open.
"Operationally, we have and expect to continue to face slowdowns and temporary idling of production facilities from team member shortages or choices we make to ensure operational safety," the company said Monday.
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Tyson, for example, said on April 22 it would indefinitely suspend operations at a pork plant in Waterloo, Iowa, where 2,800 people work. The company said two days earlier it would resume limited production at another pork facility in Iowa, which it had idled for two weeks due to coronavirus worries.
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Around 20 meat- and food-processing workers have died due to Covid-19 and roughly 5,000 more had been hospitalized or had symptoms, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union said late last month.