Some grocery stores are limiting how much meat you can buy
The news comes amid concerns there may be a meat shortage
Concerns have been raised in recent weeks over meat shortages in the US. As TIME reports, this is because many meat processing companies have paused operations at several plants where workers tested positive for COVID-19. According to the USDA’s weekly report from April 27, beef production was down nearly 25% year-over-year, while pork production was down 15%.
The knock-on effects of this are now being felt at grocery store level. This past weekend, Kroger announced that it would be placing a limit on the amount of fresh meat customers can buy.
According to Fox News, the supermarket chain released a statement saying it would be putting “purchase limits” on fresh pork and ground beef at “select stores”. It didn’t elaborate on when the limits would go into effect or how much meat customers would be allowed to purchase.
A representative for Kroger said in a statement to Fox News, “At Kroger, we feel good about our ability to maintain a broad assortment of meat and seafood for our customers because we purchase protein from a diverse network of suppliers. There is plenty of protein in the supply chain; however, some processors are experiencing challenges. At this time, we’ve added purchase limits only on ground beef and fresh pork.”
Costco has also put similar restrictions in place. As of Monday May 4, the wholesale store said, “Fresh meat purchases are temporarily limited to a total of 3 items per member among the beef, pork and poultry products.”