Translated by: MOS Translation team – Mingyue
Surging omicron cases increased the number and length of American food industry workers’ sick leaves worsened the labor shortages in the food supply extended from factories to retail stores. Food industry analysts say such a situation could continue for weeks or even months.
Currently, many fresh foods are in short supply. The food product stock level is 86 percent, and some items are only 60-70 percent in stock. Before the Covid outbreak, the food stock level used to be maintained at more than 90 percent. The freight companies also operate only at 80% capacity, so the un-infected staff had to work harder after the COVID outbreaks. The frequent emergencies cause a vicious cycle that sometimes factories short for employees to transport food and retailers lack both goods and workers.
As Omicron spreads, the US government’s Covid vaccine progress has exacerbated the workforce shortage and disrupted the entire supply chain. Production enterprises, transportation, retail, and service industries are under tremendous pressure. And people’s lives only get harder and harder.
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