China urges food companies to boost supplies on fears of further COVID-19 disruption

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SINGAPORE/BEIJING (Reuters) – China has asked trading firms and food processors to boost inventories of grains and oilseeds as a possible second wave of coronavirus cases and worsening infection rates elsewhere raise concerns about global supply lines.

FILE PHOTO: A worker inspects soybeans during the soy harvest near the town of Campos Lindos, Brazil February 18, 2018. Picture taken February 18, 2018. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino/File Photo

Both state-run and private grain traders as well as food producers were urged to procure higher volumes of soybeans, soyoil and corn during calls with China’s Ministry of Commerce in recent days, three trade sources

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As U.S. meat workers fall sick and supplies dwindle, exports to China soar

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump ordered meat processing plants to stay open to protect the nation’s food supply even as workers got sick and died. Yet the plants have increasingly been exporting to China while U.S. consumers face shortages, a Reuters analysis of government data showed.

FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators stand outside the closed Smithfield Foods pork plant, the world’s biggest pork processor, after it was closed indefinitely due to a rash of coronavirus cases among employees as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S., April 17, 2020. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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Wendy’s menu runs short as virus hits U.S. beef supplies

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FILE PHOTO: A Wendy’s Co restaurant is pictured in Monrovia, California November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

(Reuters) – Wendy’s Co (WEN.O) said on Tuesday its restaurants may face a shortage of many menu items, including hamburgers, as beef processors in the United States struggle to keep their plants open amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. meat manufacturers, including Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N), have signaled disruptions to food supply as they are forced to shut many meat plants to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

“Beef suppliers across North America are currently facing production challenges. Because of this,

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Fourth-generation GM worker builds US supplies like his great-grandfather did during WWII

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General Motors employee Paul Cole on April 17, 2020 at the GM manufacturing facility in Kokomo, Indiana, where GM and Ventec Life Systems are partnering to produce VOCSN critical care ventilators in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo by AJ Mast for General Motors

Paul Cole smiles and laughs as he discusses the connection between himself and his great-grandfather, a member of the “Arsenal of Democracy” during World War II.

Cole, a fourth-generation General Motors worker, is part of what some have called the “arsenal of health” to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and assist in building life-saving ventilators and personal

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