Kroger Is Limiting Ground Beef and Pork Purchases in Select Stores

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As concerns over potential meat shortages due to the coronavirus pandemic escalate, grocery stores are taking matters into their own hands.

Kroger announced that it will begin limiting customers to one purchase of ground beef and fresh pork in stores.

The purchase rule went into effect on Friday, May 1.

A spokesperson for Kroger could not tell "Today" which store locations would implement the limit.

"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," the spokesperson told the outlet.

Kroger revealed they don't expect shortages, but the limit will help with spike in demand and the difficulties securing supply. "There is plenty of protein in the supply chain; however, some processors are experiencing challenges," the spokesperson added.

Several of the nation’s largest processing plants have warned of meat shortages after they were forced to temporarily shut down operations to prevent the spread of the outbreak. This has led to dwindling supplies of steaks, chicken breasts, pork chops, and cold cuts. Industry sources told the New York Post that products will become less available as more plants close.

Bloomberg reports that the facility closures have halted 25% of pork production and 10% beef production in the U.S.

President Donal Trump ordered plants to stay open during the pandemic to prevent a nationwide meat shortage despite many outbreaks linked to plants. The CDC reveals nearly 5,000 confirmed cases of the novel virus have been reported in meat processing plants.

900 workers tested positive for COVD-19 at a Tyson plant in Indiana. They predict the loss of millions of pounds of meat after they were forced to close the biggest pork plant in the US.

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