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U.S. Food Supply Is Under Pressure, From Plants to Store Shelves

Weeks of workers calling in sick add to continuing supply and transportation disruptions, making store shelves harder to fill

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By Jesse Newman and Jaewon Kang

Wall Street Journal

The U.S. food system is under renewed strain as Covid-19’s Omicron variant stretches workforces from processing plants to grocery stores, leaving gaps on supermarket shelves.

In Arizona, one in 10 processing plant and distribution workers at a major produce company were recently out sick. In Massachusetts, employee illnesses have slowed the flow of fish to supermarkets and restaurants. A grocery chain in the U.S. Southeast had to hire temporary workers after roughly one-third of employees at its distribution centers fell ill.

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