Day: May 27, 2020

Coronavirus has led Smithfield, other plants to close, farmers to dump milk

We have too much milk, may not have enough meat and could eventually run short on soup.

Let’s just say America’s food supply chain is getting out of whack due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The sudden shift from restaurant dining to at-home eating, coupled with panic buying at grocery stores, is causing major disruption in the manufacturing, distribution and sales of food products. Dairy farmers are dumping excess raw milk, while meat companies are scrambling to meet demand.

Though experts say the food supply chain has performed admirably so far – most factories are still operating and many are doing so at full blast – industry watchers are getting concerned about supplies of beef, poultry and pork as the COVID-19 crisis continues.

After Smithfield Foods on Sunday announced the indefinite closure of its pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, due to an outbreak among its employees, CEO

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