‘It makes you think do I have enough meat, do I have enough food for our family?’ residents say they’re concerned about a possible meat shortage

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The manager of a Baton Rouge meat shop says she’s concerned about a possible meat shortage.

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“It makes you think do I have enough meat, do I have enough food for our family,” Terri Howell said. 

While out getting groceries, Terri Howell noticed that some grocery stores are limiting how much meat you can buy. 

“Beef, pork, you name it we like to eat it all so yes it does scare you,” Howell said. “It makes you want go out and buy another freezer so you can stockpile some just in case you need it.”

Reports say some major meat processing plants have been forced to close and now some local shops are seeing shortages.

“This has never happened and I’ve been in business for 25 years,” Twla Lachaussee said. “We got zero in today, zero.”

Chris’ specialty meats in Baton Rouge is known for having everything but for the first time in its history the store didn’t get a shipment of beef or pork. On top of that due to the shortage vendors are raising their prices.

“Let’s say I get 20 cases of ribeye every Monday, well this week the price [is] $4 more a pound,” Lachaussee said.

Many local shops are trying to come up with a solution if more meat doesn’t come in. 

“If worse comes to worse we’re probably going to have to start rationing,” Lachaussee said.

Grocery stores like Costco are limiting customers to only three fresh meat items. Albertsons is closely monitoring their items. Customers say they hope the meat supply gets back to normal soon. 

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