Major Fast Food Chain Takes Burgers Off Menu in Many Locations Over Meat Shortages

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Posted: May 06, 2020 8:40 AM
Major Fast Food Chain Takes Burgers Off Menu in Many Locations Over Meat Shortages

Source: AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File

Meat shortages in some parts of the country have forced Wendy’s to pull burgers off its menus in approximately 20 percent of locations.

“Some of our menu items may be in short supply from time to time at some restaurants in this current environment,” the company said in a statement. “We expect this to be temporary, and we’re working diligently to minimize the impact to our customers and restaurants.”

The shortage comes after several meat processing plants have had to temporarily shutter their doors over coronavirus outbreaks among employees.

The states hardest hit by the shortages include California, Kentucky, and South Carolina, forcing Wendy’s to pull their fresh, never frozen beef products, according to NBC’s Today show.

The Wendy's burger shortage at some locations comes amid reports that about 5,000 meat and poultry plant workers contracted the novel coronavirus in 115 plants across 19 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […] 

The closures have halted 25% of pork production and 10% of beef production in the U.S, according to Bloomberg. (Today)

The fast food chain will reportedly not be switching to frozen beef in an effort to meet demand.

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