CEO Noel White of Tyson Foods said on Monday that the company could continue to face slowdowns and temporary idling of production facilities, due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Costco announced fresh beef, pork and poultry was being classified as “high-demand merchandise” and limited meat purchases to “a total of 3 items per member.”
Kroger supermarkets say they expect limited inventory “due to high demand” and are limiting meat purchases to two items of chicken breasts and some pork products.
Texas-based H.E.B. grocery chain announced Friday that stores would limit packages of fresh meat to five per customer.
Meat factories feature crowded assembly lines where workers have difficulty distancing at least 6 feet from one another
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that nearly 5,000 workers at 115 meat processing plants across 19 states, or 3 percent of all workers had been diagnosed with COVID-19 between April 9 and 27. Twenty workers have died from the virus.