The meat shortage has arrived: Grocers limit meat purchases as coronavirus threatens supply

Source: The Hill | May 5, 2020 | Joseph Guzman

Major grocery store chains like Kroger and Costco have limited meat purchases in some locations across the country.

Grocers are limiting meat purchases across the country as some of the nation’s largest meat processing facilities that shut down due to COVID-19 outbreaks are partially reopening this week. 

Costco on Monday said it will be temporarily limiting meat purchases to three items per member. That includes purchases of poultry, beef and pork products. 

“Costco has implemented limits on certain items to help ensure more members are able to purchase merchandise they want and need,” the company said in a statement Monday. 

Kroger, the largest supermarket chain in the U.S., is also imposing limits on fresh pork and ground beef purchases at some stores due to high demand. New York-based supermarket chain Wegmans has also put limits on family packs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts and 80 percent ground beef, according to USA Today

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