Rising infections among laborers at North American slaughterhouses because of the omicron variant won’t bring about deficiencies of meat, as indicated by Cargill Inc., a top beef packer and the greatest firmly held U.S. organization. Meat plants were an early area of interest in the virus outbreak, in which huge number of laborers were sickened and hundreds kicked the bucket. Slaughterhouse closures and absence of staff brought about void meat coolers at grocery stores, and costs for beef and chicken surged. Simultaneously, livestock ranchers had no place to send their animals and lost admittance to business sectors.
The number of workers calling in sick at Cargill’s meat and poultry plants has doubled. Other employees are working longer hours to limit the impact on meat markets, the company said. Some regions are already seeing case counts decline.
“There will not be shortages due to the absenteeism we have,” Hans Kabat, head of Cargill’s North American protein business, said Thursday in an interview. Cargill said some cuts are hard to find but the company is not aware of any empty shelves.
Still, wholesale beef prices climbed the ninth straight day to the highest levels since Nov. 15, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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