‘It’s critical’: How keeping meat-processing facilities open will affect your grocery store
While the President’s executive order on Tuesday to keep meat-processing plants open is good news, it doesn’t necessarily mean consumers won’t pay a price at the grocery store.
With COVID-19 outbreaks temporarily shuttering some packing plants, industry experts say prices could go up a bit, and selections could go down.
At his Wednesday press conference, Governor Pete Ricketts responded by reminding Nebraskans to “go out and shop once a week, get what you need for the week. We’re going to keep the supply line open. You might not have the selection you had in the past but, again, this is why we are working so hard to keep these facilities open”.
While, the virus has undoubtedly bent the overall food supply chain, Nebraska grocery experts say it’s nowhere close to breaking.
“In times like this,” said Kathy Siefkin, the Nebraska Grocery Industry Association Executive Director, “our industry and our employees step up and do what needs to be done, and that’s what’s happening”.
Kathy went on to say that the main issue is not a food shortage. Rather, people who continue to “panic buy” and clear store shelves- even though food is readily available.
Gov. Ricketts went on to say that the President’s executive order only highlights how important the meat industry is to Nebrasaka, and in order to continue production, we have to stay the course.
“Shop for what you need. Shop once a week. Don’t take the family… and we will continue to work on keeping these places open so that that food supply is there”.