Grocers Hunt for Meat as Coronavirus Hobbles Beef and Pork Plants
U.S. grocers are struggling to secure meat, looking for new suppliers and selling different cuts, as the coronavirus pandemic cuts into domestic production and raises fears of shortages.
Covid-19 outbreaks among employees have closed about a dozen U.S. meatpacking facilities this month, including three Tyson Foods Inc. plants this week. Other plants have slowed production as workers stay home for various reasons.
Grocery executives at retailers including Walmart Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. worry supplies of some products could run short just as demand is surging....
Michael Grabell wrote: .... Across the country, more than 10,000 COVID-19 cases have been linked to meatpacking plants, and at least three dozen workers are known to have died, a ProPublica review of news reports and government health data shows.
While cases in the worst hit urban areas like New York appear to have plateaued, the nationās meatpacking towns have continued to see spikes. A few large outbreaks have dominated public attention, but COVID-19 cases have popped up in well over 100 plants in mostly rural communities. There the virusās impact is magnified by the workersā sometimes cramped living conditions, with multiple generations of immigrant and refugee families often residing together in apartments, houses and trailers.
Before Trumpās order, more than 30 plants had shut down at least briefly to increase cleaning and control the spread among their workforces. The various closures have cut beef and pork production by more than a third compared with last year, causing supply chain disruptions for some supermarkets and fast-food chains....
excerpt from,"Health Officials Wanted to Close a Meatpacking Plant. The Governor Said No."
Tyson Foods is worked up and perhaps we should be too?
Sanya Mansoor wrote: Tyson Foods, one of the U.S.ās biggest meat processors, didnāt mince words in a full page New York Times spread that ran Sunday, in which they warned, āthe food supply chain is breaking.ā āAs 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,ā John Tyson, Chairman of the Board of Tyson Foods, wrote in a letter published as an advertisement. āAs a result, there will be limited supply of our products available in grocery stores until we are able to reopen our facilities that are currently closed.ā...
excerpt from,"'The Food Supply Chain Is Breaking.' Tyson Foods Warns of Meat Shortage as Plants Close Due to COVID-19" š
Also one of the hot spots in the country, Grand Island / Hastings is only 100 miles away from meāš
https://tinyurl.com/ycpv6t8e (237 coronavirus cases tied to JBS beef plant in Grand Island; disease specialists are touring plants)
David, first of all, I am not a liberal. Secondly I was only joking, but I apologize for the joke as nothing about this situation is funny or needs to be joked about. I also know about the law of supply and demand and basic economics as well. There was a time, before I retired, when I owned a small business, and you are absolutely correct. Again, I apologize.
That's a great question, Mike. Let me opine that we have not faced a crisis like this in which we could have overwhelmed the medical systems ability to address it. Fortunately and by God's grace & mercy, that did not happen. While your part of the state is relatively unscaved, NYC and her suburbs have astronomical case loads. Should a one-size-fits-all response been instituted? That's a tough question but I appreciate the President not taking it upon himself to close the nation as a whole despite the calls on the Left to do so.
The saddest part for liberty is that there is a mixture of real crisis with political maneuvering. And not all of that maneuvering is in accordance with the Constitution.
We have food here in our area. Shelves are returning to normal, in fact. While impacts to the supply chain are to be expected, things are relatively going well enough. Fortunately, we don't have a ration card or script limiting specific items to government approved amounts as happened during WW II.
Wayfarer pilgrim wrote: Our economy is based on confidence and value. The virus has upended this. But I fear that there are elements of the political left would gladly destroy everyone and everything in order to be in power. If you donāt like be held under house arrest, only to walk in a store, by appointment , then to find no food stuff and toiletries, then keep voting democrat.And for all the universal health care advocates, the ill are being euthanized in Europe as a measure of helping the very ill and containing the virus. Almost as bad as storing the dead in a makeshift morgue at a nursing home. Socialized health will collapse the health system. Have you heard one single Democratic governor say, ā weāll be working with our businesses to reopen the economy ā? Anyone? No, didnāt think so.
You are right, WP, but you are too kind. The left is the virus we should be flattening the curve on. The unanswered question comes- when did it become the say so of politicians to decide when or whether businesses in a free society should open? We aren't socialist yet, but what we see is a preview of life under it. People have to decide whether it's acceptable. People, not self appointed saviors disguised as protectors of the "public health"
Our economy is based on confidence and value. The virus has upended this. But I fear that there are elements of the political left would gladly destroy everyone and everything in order to be in power. If you donāt like be held under house arrest, only to walk in a store, by appointment , then to find no food stuff and toiletries, then keep voting democrat.And for all the universal health care advocates, the ill are being euthanized in Europe as a measure of helping the very ill and containing the virus. Almost as bad as storing the dead in a makeshift morgue at a nursing home. Socialized health will collapse the health system. Have you heard one single Democratic governor say, ā weāll be working with our businesses to reopen the economy ā? Anyone? No, didnāt think so.
In all these various and sundry things we need remember and go back to the basis for the restrictions in the first place, and not get caught up in the disconnections: we had to "flatten the curve," right? Why? So the hospitals would not be overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands, maybe millions of Wuhan virus sick the experts said were coming. We had to keep healthcare itself from destruction. It turns out the modeling was wrong. Very wrong. Therefore the basis does not exist for the existence of the lockdown. Therefore what we see going on now is not going on for medical reasons.
Mike wrote: The cows and pigs are still out there. They haven't just disappeared. It doesn't work that way in farming. There is no shortage. There are people willing to work. Let them work. The sick can stay home, just like in real life. How much more manufacturered crisis will be blamed on a virus?
True, but often gaps in the logistics of production or manufacturing due to the self isolation of individuals can weaken, delay or break the chain of normal supply.
Farmers are being forced to make a tough decision- keep feeding an animal in hopes it can go to a slaughter house in the future (remember these plants process 40k animals a day) or to euthanize the animal. They can't afford to feed thousands of animals just to feed them. The food shortage, if there is one, will have been created by big gov. Truckers are also losing their jobs. They're the backbone of America. Moving supplies from manufacturer to consumer. Do these plants not ever have employees get sick from, oh I don't know, the flu, sars, or any other strans of cornovirus. I'm sure they do. If it wasn't an election year life would still be normal.
The cows and pigs are still out there. They haven't just disappeared. It doesn't work that way in farming. There is no shortage. There are people willing to work. Let them work. The sick can stay home, just like in real life. How much more manufacturered crisis will be blamed on a virus?
J.D. It's not price gouging, it's the law of supply and demand at work. It's basic economics.
Liberal politicians call it price gouging so that they can punish the merchants who are selling these products with price regulations.
The merchant is forced to sell at a higher price due to the high demand met with a low supply. They buy their products from the manufacturer who is forced to cut staff and as a result not only have a lower supply, but are forced to cover the expenses for the loss of profit because they had to dispense of the losses from the cutbacks.
Blame it instead on the liberal politicians who forced these draconian measures due to a so called pandemic that has proven to be a mere bad flu season.
Ken Anderson wrote: Coronavirus cases in Nebraska meat packing plants have increased over the past week.Ā But Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, in his daily COVID-19 news briefing, said he does not see a scenario where he would ask plants to close.
Ricketts says itās vitally important to keep the food processors open.
āCan you imagine what would happen if people could not go to the store and get food? You want to talk about some of the protests that are going on right now? Think about how mad people were when they couldnāt get paper productsāthink about if they canāt get food,ā Ricketts says....