Wendy's pulls burgers off menu in some locations due to meat shortage

Meat shortages at grocery stores and other food retailers across the nation have turned a famous 1980s catchphrase into an ominous question at some Wendy's locations around the country.

Where's the beef?

Some Wendy's restaurants have taken their signature hamburgers off the menu, with shortages being reported at locations in California, South Carolina and Kentucky on Monday as coronavirus outbreaks continue to disrupt the meat supply chain.

"Some of our menu items may be in short supply from time to time at some restaurants in this current environment,'' Wendy's said in a statement to Restaurant Business. "We expect this to be temporary, and we're working diligently to minimize the impact to our customers and restaurants."

The Wendy's burger shortage at some locations comes amid reports that about 5,000 meat and poultry plant workers contracted the novel coronavirus in 115 plants across 19 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Several of the nation's largest meat processing plants have temporarily shuttered operations due to the outbreak. The closures have halted 25% of pork production and 10% of beef production in the U.S, according to Bloomberg.

Some customers posted on Twitter about being notified by their local Wendy's at store locations or on the company's app that there was a beef shortage.

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