Coronavirus caused labor shortage, not meat shortage: Pat LaFrieda
Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors Owner Pat LaFrieda argues meat shortages are overhyped.
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A bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional leaders asking them to "prioritize funding" for pork producers being forced to depopulate herds because of the coronavirus pandemic.
"The crisis is immediate," the senators wrote. "Pork producers send to market over two million pigs each week. If twenty percent of processing is idle, that means somewhere around 400,000 animals per week must be disposed of in some manner other than processing."
SPIKE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES AT MINNESOTA MEATPACKING PLANT PROMPTS EMPLOYEES TO DEMAND SHUTDOWN
COVID-19 has infected workers at 115 meat and poultry processing facilities in 19 states, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Resulting closures have created a processing bottleneck.