Kroger limiting shopper purchases of ground beef, chicken, fresh pork in central Ohio stores

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Kroger announced it has implemented purchase limits to certain meat products at its central Ohio locations.

A spokesperson for the grocery chain told 10TV on Saturday that the limits are for purchases of ground beef, chicken and fresh pork.

“At Kroger, we feel good about our ability to maintain a broad assortment of meat and seafood for our customers because we purchase protein from a diverse network of suppliers,” the statement read in part. “There is plenty of protein in the supply chain; however, some processors are experiencing challenges.”

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“At this time, in central Ohio we’ve added purchase limits on ground beef, chicken and fresh pork to support responsible shopping.”

The spokesperson did not specify how many items shoppers would be limited to.

It is also unknown how many stores in central Ohio are affected.

More than 20 meatpacking plants around the U.S. have closed at some point in the past two months amid the coronavirus pandemic, reducing pork production by about a quarter and cutting beef output by about 10%, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers, a trade union.

A spokesperson for Kroger also told CBS News that the chain was deciding to limit ground beef and fresh pork purchases in stores, though it is unknown how many stores nationwide are affected.

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