Fears of meat and egg shortages, after stores reported ’empty shelves’ in the US
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Different American supermarkets They are reporting “Empty cliff” incidents as fears of Looming shortage of meat and eggsIt is amid an increase in Omicron cases.
Food chains were one of the first food chains to be disrupted by the new Covid variant, as workers get sick and productivity drops.
The Omicron effect has led to labor shortages, including for farms, manufacturers and distributors, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Schools and daycares are also feeling the fallout from higher fuel prices as more Americans work at home.
SpartanNash, the Michigan-based distributor and grocer, says it has seen cases among its employees three times, causing delays and workers feeling overwhelmed.
With reports of “empty shelves,” Bindia Vakil, CEO of supply chain consultancy Resilinc Corp, warned that “a labor shortage due to Ómicron will only exacerbate the problem.”
Last month, President Biden gave a progress report in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, as the new, highly contagious type of Omicron spreads across the country.
The United States continues to see an increase in Covid cases across the country, President Joe Biden announced the addition of 10,000 coronavirus testing sites, in addition to the 80,000 sites already in operation.
The new sites will be established in the areas most affected by the recent wave and the Defense Production Act will be used to manufacture more tests.
The president also announced that his administration will buy 500 million rapid COVID-19 tests for Americans.
Home tests are available to order free of charge through the website.
However, these plans have allayed concerns among meat-producing companies that have reported signs of low productivity.
During 2020, major outbreaks in factories caused shortages, booms, and temporary business shutdowns.
Earlier this year, meat companies again saw the number of pigs and cattle slaughtered by as much as 6%, according to figures from the US Department of Agriculture.
The document also adds that it is difficult for plants to get food inspectors to work to oversee the handling of animals, which is a legal requirement.
“The delta variable hasn’t had a significant impact on the workforce, but Omicron is catching up with us,” said Paula Soldner, chair of the Joint National Council on Local Food Inspections.
Meanwhile, farms are facing an outbreak similar to Omicron, with one of the largest US egg producers reporting problems with employment for nearly a year.
Despite active and “aggressive” hiring of workers, Campbell Soup and Egg Innovations say they are finding it increasingly difficult to keep workers on board where they can’t order vaccinations.
The New York Times reported Friday that the United States has reported 895,490 new cases of the coronavirus.
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