Possible Second Wave of Stockpiling Underway

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I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

Are Americans starting a second wave of stockpiling of food? Some experts say “Yes”. One company that tracks online activity and e-commerce say demand for things like baking goods spiked 34-hundred percent from a year earlier in three weeks through October 13th. Researchers saying that’s less than the 6-thousand percent that preceded the first wave of frantic buying. But food makers say they’re prepared. General Mills, Campbell Soup, and Conagra, all reporting they’ve boosted manufacturing.

But a new study suggests those people working in grocery stores are at risk for the virus. The analysis, published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicines. It looked at 104 employees at a Boston grocery store in May. 20-percent had positive nasal swab tests. Of those, three out of four were asymptomatic. The exposure possibly happening even with precautions.

And Thanksgiving meal planning isn’t just a guessing game for many Americans but also the turkey industry. Millions of Americans are expected to have scaled-down celebrations amid the pandemic. Kroger and Walmart say they have purchased more turkeys, but they will also be offering smaller turkey breasts and other meats like ham for people who don’t want a whole bird. Turkey farmers say they are tweaking birds’ diets or harvesting them sooner to ensure they are smaller.

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