Costco limits number of beef, poultry and pork products customers can buy as meat supplies are on track to hit historic lows

Monday, May 4, 2020
By Paul Martin

Some of the biggest slaughterhouses in the United States closed over the last few weeks as COVID-19 spread widely through meat processing facilities
Costco will temporarily limit meat purchases to three items per member
Kroger Co has already put purchase limits on ground beef and fresh pork
Starting Monday, Costco will also require all shoppers to wear masks or face coverings to reduce the chances of transmission of the virus
As one out of every four are projected to join the ranks of the hungry, experts say
Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By LAUREN FRUEN
DAILYMAIL.COM
4 May 2020

Costco said on Monday it had limited the number of beef, pork and poultry products customers can buy.

Grocery stores are preparing for massive shortages of meat supplies following coronavirus induced supply disruptions.

Some of the biggest slaughterhouses in the United States have closed over the last few weeks as COVID-19 spread widely through meat processing facilities.

Costco said it would temporarily limit fresh beef, pork and poultry purchases to a total of three items per Costco member, following Kroger Co, which has put purchase limits on ground beef and fresh pork at some of its stores.

And, with experts warning the food supply chain is breaking, data shows as many as one out of every four Americans are projected to join the ranks of the hungry.

Before the pandemic, food policy experts say, roughly one out of every eight or nine people across the nation struggled to stay fed.

Starting Monday, Costco will also require all shoppers to wear masks or face coverings to reduce the chances of transmission of the virus.

John Tyson, chairman of the United States’ largest meat processing company Tyson Foods Inc said last week the food supply chain was ‘breaking’ and millions of pounds of meat would vanish from grocery stores in the country.

Donald Trump has ordered meat processing plants to stay open to protect food supplies, a move that drew backlash from unions that said at-risk workers needed more protection.

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, which represents 1.3 million food and retail workers, said earlier this week that 20 food-processing and meatpacking union workers in the US have died of the virus.

An estimated 6,500 are sick or have been exposed while working near someone who tested positive, the union said.

One Tyson employee, a Texas woman in her 30s, wrote in Medium post that Trump was sacrificing lives for profit.

‘He says we’re part of critical infrastructure, that we’re essential workers. Well, I don’t feel critical. I don’t feel essential. I feel sacrificial,’ she wrote.

‘This is about money. This is what they’re always telling us: If the production chain stops for a minute, the company loses $700,000.

‘This is about how if Tyson had to close to handle the virus, they would have to pay us while we stayed home.

‘It’s not about the food supply chain.

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One Response to “Costco limits number of beef, poultry and pork products customers can buy as meat supplies are on track to hit historic lows”

  1. Robert Edward Lee

    Buy a big freezer and bribe the meat guy.

    #6750
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