Coronavirus: Meat shortages hit fast food restaurants amid US lockdown

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Outbreaks have forced meat-packing plants to temporarily close or slow production, as they try to ensure worker safety.

One of the most popular fast food companies in the US has reported beef shortages as slaughterhouses across the country are shut during the coronavirus lockdown.

Some Wendy’s restaurants have temporarily pulled burgers from their menus, with more than 1,000 outfits – about 18% of its US sites – reportedly being affected by disruption to the supply chain.

And retailers Kroger and Costco have also been hit as they limit the sales of some meat items.

The US and Canada are among the world’s biggest beef exporters.

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