Report: America’s Meat Shortage Due To COVID-19 Is NOT Affecting Maine
First toilet paper, now meat… But there's no need to worry, according to News Center Maine. You've probably heard by now that some grocery stores are limiting the amount of beef, chicken, pork, and other meats you can buy at one time. You can blame the national meat shortage on panic buying due to the COVID-19 crisis, as per the report.
Steve Burger of Winter Hill Farm in Freeport told News Center Maine that what is happening to meat nationally will not affect Maine's meat supply. He said:
We’ve been able to process out product and move it like normal, the only thing that’s changed is it seems more people want it than usual.
News Center Maine also interviewed Nancy McBrady, the director of the Bureau of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources. She confirmed what Burger said about no shortage; however, she noted that "some temporary changes may happen at local supermarkets."
McBrady also urges us to shop locally at Maine farms, farmers' markets, and meat shops.