Perdue says meat supply should start to stabilize within 10 days

U.S. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue tells Brownfield the nation’s meat supply should start to stabilize within 10 days.

“(That’s) based on our daily tracking of plant openings that we see here this week–and next week, we think most of our facilities will be back online,” Perdue says. “Obviously, some of them will still have slower production lines.”

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds agrees. Reynolds, who participated in an Oval Office meeting Wednesday with President Trump, Vice President Pence and Secretary Perdue, indicated Iowa packing plants will be getting back to capacity soon.

“We’re going to hopefully prevent what could have been, you know, a really sorry situation where we were euthanizing some of our protein supply and really impacting the food supply not only across the country, but throughout the world,” Reynolds said.

Vice President Mike Pence praised efforts to keep the food supply chain moving.

“One of the great stories of the coronavirus outbreak has been that our food supply has continued to work every day–from the field to the fork, to the grocers, to the meat processors,” Pence said.

Radio Iowa contributed to this story.

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