Canadian Meat Industry Warns Of “Immediate And Drastic” Impact To Supply
We have been covering the impact of coronavirus on meat processing facilities in the U.S. and now it looks as though Canada is feeling the shockwaves as well.
The country’s supply chain could come under pressure as industry leaders in Canada have warned of “immediate and drastic” effects from the closures of key North American meat processing facilities, according to CTV.
And in Canada, a number of facilities have been reduced, including one Cargill plant in Alberta where dozens of employees have tested positive for coronavirus.
Michelle McMullen, communications manager at the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, said: “This single facility represents just over one-third of Canada’s total processing capability, so the impacts to the Canadian beef industry are expected to be immediate and drastic.”
CCA president Bob Lowe said North American production has been “severely limited” and has called on the Canadian government to implement measures to help out Canadian farmers. “The Canadian beef industry is facing a period of extraordinary uncertainty,” he said.
He continued: “Existing programs do not address the particular threats we are facing and in fact fall quite short. These are challenging times for all Canadians; it is together that we can implement solutions to ensure healthy and affordable food continues to be readily available.”
Recall, just yesterday we wrote about the biggest pork producer in the U.S., Smithfield, who shuttered one of its largest factories after a coronavirus outbreak.
Smithfield also issued a warning of its own, stating that meat supplies are “perilously close to the edge of shortfalls”.
The company shut down its Sioux Falls, SD plant, which accounts for 4% to 5% of U.S. production. The news comes after more than 200 cases of Covid-19 were reported among employees. – zerohedge
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Not sure how the absence of restaurants affects this. In theory, all the product that was directed to the hospitality industry, should now be available in grocery stores. Of course Ottawa says that there is nothing to worry about here.
Hopefully employees that are infected will be able to return to work after they recover.
Anyway, expect higher prices. Shortages. Its a good time to be a vegan.
Those geese down in Marina Park are looking mighty good right now.