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May 12, 2020

Things That Make You Go Hmmmmmmmmmmm.......  Exclusive Images Show The Food Shortages Are Not Just About Meat

- Limited Meat Supply In U.S. Grocery Stores While Exports To China Quadrupled

(Image via ABC4, Utah) 

By Susan Duclos - All News PipeLine

Signs like the one seen above are being seen and reported  on from all across the country. Some limiting chicken, others beef products, and still others pork, if not all three at some stores.

Meat shortages have been a main concern as processing plants from coast to coast have been forced to close temporarily after employees were reportedly confirmed as having COVID-19.


Meat shortages are only one side of the coin, as images sent over to ANP on May 9, 2020, from Charlotte, North Carolina, Harris Teeter’s grocery store, a subsidiary of Kroger's, clearly show, some stores are also seeing shortages of other products with signs saying "This item is unavailable from manufacturer."

Those items include, but are not limited to soups, beans, spaghetti sauces and of course, toilet paper is still highly sought after and many shelves are emptying as fast as they can be restocked.


One of the things that make me go hmmmmmmmmmm about those are the signs specifically stating 'unavailable from manufacturer'. That is not whole sections of shelving emptied because of 'panic shopping.' That particular sign is indicative of a lack of basic raw materials needed to make those products, as the reader who sent them pointed out in his email.

More images below showing he most definitely isn't exaggerating the extent of the shortages.

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Recent reports show that overall, food prices in April saw the largest increase seen in 46 years.


• The Labor Department reported Tuesday that prices U.S. consumers paid for groceries jumped 2.6% in April, the largest one-month pop since February 1974.

• The price of the meats, poultry, fish and eggs category rose 4.3%, fruits and vegetables climbed 1.5%, cereals and bakery products advanced 2.9%.

• The grocery numbers stand in stark contrast to the broader trend in U.S. prices, which fell 0.8% in April and clinched their largest one-month decline since 2008.

Sometimes a visual makes far more of an impact that any amount of text, so here is the price surge graph:

The prices have surged, the shelves are not able to be fully restocked because the manufacturers are either having trouble obtaining the raw materials, or are having many of their plants working at limited capacity for the same reason as the meat plants, but we are only seeing reporting on the sick employees of meat plants.

Either way, that is less at home food for Americans at a time when restaurants across the nation are forbidden to allow dining in, while those same Americans are seeing prices skyrocket.

According to restaurant executives and meat wholesalers, these shortages and price hikes could last through the Summer, at least.

Related: Coronavirus: Meat shortage leaves US farmers with 'mind-blowing' choice

The next thing that truly makes one go Hmmmmmmm..... is the fact that as American grocery stores are limiting the purchase of meats, because processing plants "supposedly" cannot keep up with demand, there appears to be an overabundance of meat available to be exported to China.

Reuters explains: "While meat companies in the United States warn of shortages as the coronavirus sickens and kills slaughterhouse workers, exports to China have surged, further tightening supplies for American consumers, according to a Reuters analysis of U.S. data."

Key Quote:

• While pork supplies tightened as the number of pigs slaughtered each day plunged by about 40% since mid-March, shipments of American pork to China more than quadrupled over the same period, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.

Not enough meat to supply grocery stores here in America, therefore we must limit our purchases unless buying locally from smaller stores, yet plenty being processed to send to other countries. The whole purpose of the 1950 Defense Production Act that President Trump invoked in late April, was to keep food on Americans' tables.

Yet like everything else we have seen of late, such as grocery stores seeing shortages as farmers are forced to euthanize and destroy their own animals and crops,  one little break in the food chain system, without a backup plan by the food industry leaders, can  still fail to solve the problem they are trying to when invoking things like the 1950 Defense Production Act.

Intent can be good, politicians can invoke whatever laws they have on the books that they wish to, but without a method to implement changes or adapt immediately because they have a plan, we are going to witness the type of food shortages and price that are unprecedented in U.S. history.


If this pandemic has taught us anything, food issues should be the overwhelmingly important lesson. From home gardening to emergency survival supplies, Americans need to understand that "the government cannot always be there," and in fact, no matter who is in charge, the supply chain is so dependent on one set system, that any break to that system can leave millions hungry and unable to obtain food.

(In stock section below the first video) 


Rather than reposting the same links we hunted for an found of items in stock or coming in stock within the week for a previous piece, readers can browse through those items on that article HERE, while at the bottom of this article, we will list some new items we have found for our readers.

That is not always as easy as it sounds as the first item we hunted for because it was limited supply in the images sent to us from a reader, Bush Beans, was listed as "currently unavailable in the 28 ounce cans.

With that said and shown, smaller sized cans and other types of Baked Beans are available such as Bush's Best Baked Beans - 8/16.5oz cans, B&M Baked Beans, Original Flavor, 16 Ounce Cans (Pack of 12), VAN CAMP'S Original Baked Beans, 15 oz. (Pack of 12).

The point here is if you cannot find your favorite brand, try something different, you may end up liking it even more.


18-Piece Griller's Choice from The Swiss Colony

Valley Fresh 100% Natural White Chicken Cuts Pouch, 7 Ounce (Pack of 12)

Tempo Mix Ssnng Meatloaf (6 pack)

Angus Ground Beef by Nebraska Star Beef - Prestige -The Ultimate Gift for a Hamburger Grilling Party (10)

Bison Burgers & Steaks Combo Pack: 100% All-Natural, Grass-Fed and Grain Finished North American Bison Meat with no Growth Hormones or Antibiotics - USDA Tested - 14 Piece of Tender, Flavorful Meat

NO NAME Original Sirloin Steak Gift Package-Family Pack of 8x 6oz Beef Sirloin Steaks- Boneless Steak, Tender

Harris Robinette Natural 100% Grass Fed Ground Beef - Hamburger Meat, Ground Meat - Made in the USA - 10 Pack

Old Wisconsin Premium Summer Sausage, 100% Natural Meat, Charcuterie, Ready to Eat, High Protein, Low Carb, Keto, Gluten Free, Beef Flavor, 8 Ounce

New York Prime Meat USDA Prime 21 Days Aged Beef Rib Eye Steak Boneless, 1-inch thick, 2-Count, 24-Ounce Packaged in Film & Freezer Paper

Freeze Dried or Powdered:

Augason Farms 72-Hour 1-Person Emergency Food Supply Kit 4 lbs 1 oz

Wise Company 124-Serving Ultimate Preparedness Pack, Multi Color

Mountain House Classic Bucket

Augason Farms Dried Whole Egg Product 2 lbs 1 oz No. 10 Can

It's Just - Organic Butter Powder, Real Butter, Grass-Fed, Non-GMO, Made In USA, Keto Friendly, Shelf Stable (8oz)

Hoosier Hill Farm Heavy Cream Powder Jar, 1 Pound

Last but not least:

Edible Dehydrated Zebra Tarantula

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