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U.S. Could Be Weeks From Meat Shortages With Shutdowns Spreading

  • Brazil sees its first major closure; U.S. turkey plants idled
  • Sick USDA inspectors add to fears over more infections
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Red Meat Not So Bad For You After All
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Plant shutdowns are leaving the U.S. dangerously close to meat shortages as coronavirus outbreaks spread to suppliers across the nation and the Americas.

Almost a third of U.S. pork capacity is down, the first big poultry plants closed on Friday and experts are warning that domestic shortages are just weeks away. Brazil, the world’s No. 1 shipper of chicken and beef, saw its first major closure with the halt of a poultry plant owned by JBS SA, the world’s biggest meat company. Key operations are also down in Canada, the latest being a British Columbia poultry plant.