COVID-19: Less meat selection, higher prices

The COVID-19 pandemic won't make meat disappear, from supermarkets. But as meat plants struggle to maintain supplies, the prices likely will increase as selections dwindle.

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National News

April 28, 2020 - 10:43 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Meat isn’t going to disappear from supermarkets because of outbreaks of the coronavirus among workers at U.S. slaughterhouses. But as the meat plants struggle to remain open, consumers could face less selection and slightly 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, the meat processing giant Tyson Foods ran a full-page advertisement in the New York Times and other newspapers outlining the difficulty of producing meat while keeping more than 100,000 workers safe and shutting some plants.

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