MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Recently closure of meat processing plants because coronavirus began to have an impact in Mid-South.
The closure caused Wendy’s to take her signature hamburger from menus at several locations.
A sign at the Midtown location warns customers that some items are not available but still serve burgers on Tuesday afternoon.
But some people complained to WREG about not being able to get certain items at other locations in the area.
Wendy released a statement saying in part “… We continue to supply burgers to all our restaurants … However, some of our menu items may be temporarily restricted in some restaurants in the current environment.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than 4,000 workers in 115 positive meat packaging factories use COVID-19. This is reported to stop 25% of pork production and 10% of beef production.
Cathy Pope, President and CEO of Mid-South Food Bank, said stopping production could soon have a greater impact.
“We have to buy more food,” the Pope said. “If prices are too high for certain types of meat, we won’t be able to do it.”
Mid-South Food Bank said it expected some delays due to supply chain issues. It was an order out but because of national demand, it only received about 60% of food.
“We do a good job of finding different protein pathways such as peanut butter and peanuts,” Pope said.
Pope said the food bank had distributed nearly one million pounds of food a week during the pandemic and he believed it would continue for the next six to 12 months.
Grocery stores also limit the purchase of meat.
Kroger said it imposes restrictions on ground beef and fresh pork in some stores. Costco said it limits customers to the amount they can buy.
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