The Case of the Disappearing Meat

The Case of the Disappearing Meat

(NewsBreakDaily.org) – Americans are facing another troubling issue thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic — this time in the form of a shortage of meat in the supply chain. The virus is taking a heavy toll on the workforce of the meatpacking industry, leading to numerous plant closures. Now, grocery stores are rationing and at least one fast-food player is making drastic menu changes.

Some locations of the now-ironically named Wendy’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers in California, Kentucky and South Carolina are reduced to selling only chicken and side dishes. The company that engraved the question “where’s the beef?” into America’s collective consciousness in the 1980s now has people asking them the exact same question.

It’s not only the takeout food industry that’s facing fallout. Some grocery chains have also begun restricting the amount of meat one customer may buy. Costco stores, for example, are only allowing members to purchase three packages of fresh beef, poultry, or pork per trip. That follows in the footsteps of supermarket chains Kroger and Giant Eagle who previously announced rationing at certain locations.

Retailers hope that the limitations will prevent two things: hoarding and a repeat of the Great Toilet Paper Stampede of 2020. The United States is still searching for what the “new normal” is going to be and its citizens need to travel that road without giving into something far more dangerous than COVID-19 — panic.

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