American politician Marco Antonio Rubio says American's 'will have to go a little vegan' due to meat shortages caused by the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The Senator for Florida made the comment when speaking to Fox News about the tightening of the country's food supply.
'A public health risk'
He said: "Unlike other supply chain issues, this has nothing to do with anyone overseas. This has to do with how many people can you make work inside one of these processing plants — they're all very close to each other and there's a public health risk.
"So there's been disruptions there. I know people are working hard to get that resolved. In the meantime, I guess we'll have to go a little vegan, right?"
Earlier this month, fast-food chain Wendy's announced multipe outlets had been forced to remove beef from menus as a result of meat shortages.
According to reports, the eatery has reportedly removed beef burgers from a number of restaurants in California, Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois.
The COVID-19 outbreak has led to the closure of several slaughterhouses across the States, after at least 10,800 positive cases and at least 45 reported worker deaths linkd to meatpacking facilities were reported, according to the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting (as of May 5).