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.
THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMMMMM........
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.
• 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.
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."
• 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.
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.
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