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COVID-19 expected to reduce meat selection and raise prices

As the meat industry struggles to remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers could face less selection and higher prices.

Industry leaders acknowledge that the U.S. food chain has rarely been so stressed and that no one is sure about the future, even as they try to dispel concerns about shortages.

On Sunday, April 26, Tyson Foods ran a full-page advertisement in the New York Ties and other  newspapers outlining the difficulty of producing meat while keeping its more than 100,000 workers safe and shutting down some plants.

“As pork, beef and chicken plants are being forced to close, even for short periods of time, millions of pounds of meat will disappear from the supply chain,” according to the articles published.

 

By Kristofel Abella
Ka Lā staff writer

 

Sources:

Hawaii News Now – Coronavirus is expected to reduce meat selection and raise prices

ABC News – Virus is expected to reduce meat selection and raise prices

ABC7  – Coronavirus: Meat shortage, higher prices expected amid COVID-19 pandemic

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