Hy-Vee limits meat purchases effective May 6

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The retail chain announced on Tuesday that it will limit meat purchases starting May 6 as meat sales increase and plants face a shortage of workers.

At all Hy-Vee locations, each customer can buy four packages of a combination of fresh beef, ground beef, pork, and chicken, when they check out.

Meat-processing plants are growing to become a hotspot for coronavirus outbreaks. Despite the outbreaks, states in the Midwest, are trying to keep the plants open. Two of the largest meat-processing plants, Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo, Iowa, and Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, were completely shut down after hundreds of its workers tested positive for coronavirus.

In response to a warning from industry leaders regarding meat shortages, President Trump signed an executive order earlier last week allowing meat plants to remain open, classifying them as “critical infrastructure” under the Defense Production Act.

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