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Even as grocery stores limit meat sales, US farmers may have to euthanize 10 million pigs

May 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The coronavirus pandemic is having a devastating impact on the U.S.' food supply chain, especially the pork industry. Some grocery stores are limiting meat purchases yet pig farmers around the country are having to make the unthinkable decision of having to euthanize their livestock..

The National Pork Producers Association estimates up to 10 million hogs could be euthanized between April and September.

The association says since meatpacking plants have been closed, farmers are unable to sell thousands of hogs.

Collectively, with the onset of COVID-19, they are now facing losses of more than $5 billion for the year as there are too many hogs and not enough plant capacity to process them into the food supply," said Jim Monroe, assistant vice president for communications at the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

"The pandemic is having a dramatic impact on the pork industry in Minnesota and our family farmers emotionally and financially and it's impacting our rural communities," said David Preisler, CEO for the Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA).

Minnesota hog farmers are working with veterinarians and following guidance from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians for humane euthanasia.

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