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US retailer Kroger limits ground beef and pork purchases in some stores

04 May 2020

On 1 May, supermarket chain Kroger Co put purchase limits on ground beef and fresh pork at some of its stores in response to growing fears over meat shortages.

According to reporting in Reuters, the concerns over meat shortages are related to COVID-19-induced supply disruptions.

Global meat processing giants like Smithfield Foods, Cargill Inc, JBS USA and Tyson Foods have halted operations at nearly two dozen slaughterhouses and processing plants in North America as workers fall ill, compounding fears of a global meat shortage.

Last week, President Trump ordered meat-processing plants to stay open to shore up the US food supply.

"There is plenty of protein in the supply chain. However, some processors are experiencing challenges," a Kroger spokesperson said.

The news of the purchase restrictions was first reported by CNN, and the report added Walmart Inc does not expect it will have to set product limits on meat.

Walmart did not respond to a Reuters request for comment.

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