Breaking news, up to 6,000 meat processing workers infected by the virus. Before the shortage begins, I went to my local food supplier and purchased some stuff. A 10# chub of ground beef, and a 10# box of cod loins. We're ready for a 4 to 6 week shortage.
There may be a Gordon food service store in your neighborhood.
Trump has ordered processors to remain open, we'll see how far that goes. I'm not sure I want sick people preparing what we eat to be working.
First it was toilet paper and paper towel shortages, now it's meat.
BTW, the cod loins are from the north Atlantic, caught, processed and quick frozen. $52.00 for a 10# box, not bad, $5.20 a pound. Fish is better for you anyway.
The video in the link depicts a longliner which catches the Alaskan cod, processes it and flash freezes it right onboard the boat.
I noticed the other day that although our local Fry's store now has a decent supply of paper towels and toilet paper, the meat area is starting to look a bit thin.
Among the 6000 meat processing workers you mentioned are some of the folks in Amarillo, Texas.
Our fiend Pete lives in a tiny town in the Texas panhandle, and he is an endangered species, since he is a liberal living in the most solidly Republican district in the entire country.
Here's a few of his comments:
" Amarillo, and its surrounding communities is infinitely worse off. Not only do they have a nursing Home infection...but far worse...many people in, and around Amarillo, work in several large meat processing plants 1000 + employees each.
When the first cases were tested and diagnosed a week ago, Management tried. The Meat Packers union tried. But they could shut not down the plants.
They could not and cannot because President Trump, has issued an Executive Order to be signed tomorrow.. It requires all of the nation's meat processing plants, to stay open. Workers will work sick...or they will go home sick. They can be fired sick. It's a tough choice. Adding insult to injury...the Meat Processing plants (by executive order) cannot be sued for illness or loss of life. The plants are protected. The employees are not. At least 6 Amarillo area, meat Processing employees have already died. Active Covid 19 cases in Amarillo, are now, over 1,000 and climbing. This report was on the National News last night. You may have seen it.
But The plants management has already made the facts clear. "They had an inadequate number of Covid 19 tests. They had to make a decision. So they tested all of the supervisors and none of the line employees. Based on a 66% infection rate among supervisors, management estimates that "at least 66 % (but probably more of) plant employees are infected with Covid 19. Management admits they have no plan, to ensure the safety, and health of plant workers and supervisors. No one else, to my knowledge, has a plan.
Employees will continue to work sick in order to keep their jobs. Six of the plant employees have already died of Covid 19. Many more will die.
The cruelty of the Republican Party is boundless.
In Wisconsin, voters were forced to risk their lives in order to vote - and some poll workers and voters got infected due to the fact that the Supreme Court upheld a Wisconsin court decision to NOT delay their primary election.
For the workers in Texas, who is just reopening, Governor Abbott had this message:
"If a person who is schedule to work does not show up, he or she will be considered to have voluntarily terminated".
In other words, if you don't go into work because you fear for safety, you are considered to be quitting, and thus ineligible for unemployment benefits.
That sentence also explains the problem of the meat processing workers, since they can't sue their employers if they get sick or die..