Coronavirus Meat Shortages Could Possibly Last Through Summer

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A nationwide shortage of meat production is starting to affect businesses across the United States.

These shortages that have been affecting consumers since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to last months, possibly through the summer months, reported the New York Post.

Vincent Pacifico, president of Vista Food Exchange, said that he expects the ongoing meat crisis to last until some time between July and August. The owner of one of the largest meat wholesalers in New York City explained that you could not force people to go back to work if they are sick or scared.

Plant closures amid the pandemic have led to dwindling supplies of steaks, chicken breasts, pork chops, and cold cuts. Industry sources shared that products will become less available as more plants close.

Last month, President Donald Trump advised that meat-processing plants should remain open despite large numbers of COVID-19 outbreaks among workers.

Expects have warned of an especially high shortage of meat supplies in the next couple of weeks. "The last two weeks in May will be the peak of the meat crisis. The plants that have remained open are only operating at 40 percent to 50 percent capacity," predicted Victor Colello, meat supervisor for the Morton Williams chain of supermarkets.

Earlier this month, Wendy's was one of the latest companies to feel the effects of a pandemic-triggered meat shortage.

Some of the popular fast-food chain's restaurants in the U.S. have temporarily pulled burgers from their menus due to beef shortages.

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