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As leaders alerted of US meat shortages, overseas exports of pork and beef continued

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Pandemics like the coronavirus can have debilitating effects on our food supply. The bottleneck starts from the processing plants.

And while the U.S. does export considerable amounts of “range meat” products such as feet and tails that a lot of Americans do not consume, information from the U.S. Meat Export Federation shows those items accounted for less than 25%of the weight of exports in April.

Keira Lombardo, executive vice president of business affairs and compliance for Smithfield, stated there’s a delay in between production and export that implied food exported at the height of the pandemic was “ordered and processed” months previously.

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