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Utah stores begin limiting meat purchases; no shortage 'unless consumers create it'

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Posted at 8:02 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 16:20:18-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Grocery stores in Utah — and beyond — are limiting the amount of beef, chicken and pork customers can buy in a single shopping trip, hoping to maintain a steady supply and preventing the panic-buying that happened with toilet paper and hand sanitizer, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The rationing comes after some of the largest slaughterhouses and processing plants across the country have been forced to close or slow production because of coronavirus outbreaks among workers.

The circumstances mean less selection and higher prices, said Dave Davis, president of the Utah Food Industry Association. “But there is not a shortage of meat, unless we have a situation like toilet paper and consumers create it.”

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