COVID-19 Meat Shortage Forces Several Wendy’s Outlets To Stop Serving Beef

by | May 7, 2020

A number of Wendy’s restaurants in the US have been forced to drop beef from the menu as the coronavirus outbreak has led to nationwide meat shortages.

Wendy’s has announced that several outlets in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and California have stopped serving beef.

“Production Challenges”

“As you’ve likely heard, beef suppliers across North America are currently facing production challenges” said a spokesperson for Wendy’s.

“Because of this, some of our menu items may be in short supply from time to time.”

Wendy’s is well-known for being the first fast-food chain to always use “fresh not frozen” beef — a policy that is now being disrupted by the pandemic.

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Wendy’s has been forced to take beef off the menu at certain outlets (TY Lim/Shutterstock.com)

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COVID-19 Meat Shortage

The closure of slaughterhouses across the US — due to the spread of the virus — has led to nationwide meat shortages and price increases.

Two million farm animals in the country have reportedly been culled, as closures mean there isn’t processing capacity to kill them for food.

At least 20 slaughterhouse workers are known to have died from COVID-19, with at least 4,913 confirmed cases.

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