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Coronavirus causes customers to raise concerns about how beef is produced

Posted at 2:52 PM, Apr 20, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The Kentucky Beef Council says because of the coronavirus, customers have been asking more questions about where their beef comes from and how it's produced.

For cattle farmers in Kentucky, not much of their daily routines have changed because of the coronvirus.

"We're always social distancing anyways in the business that we are in," White Farm Co-owner Tim White said. "We're spread out, we travel over several farms every day and we have quite a few acres to travel over."

The spread of the coronavirus has caused customers to reach out to their local providers with concerns of where their beef comes from. However, White says he believes the beef industry is one of the safest form the coronavirus.

"We are not having those issues nationally, there's no food safety concerns," White said. "You know, if you look at the major packing plants, there's no issues there, with product and food safety. The issue is are with employment and their employees."

The packing plants have lowered the number of employees in the building and have spaced them out.

"We have to take care of our live stock," White said. "We are the food chain, we are the starting of the food chain. It's starts here. So, it's important that we keep everything moving the best we can."

The beef industry has not seen a shortage and reminds people to only buy what they normally would.