Grocery stores across the country are limiting meat purchases as production slows because of coronavirus outbreaks at meat processing facilities.

Rockford-area stores such as Schnucks, Meijer and Woodman’s have instituted limits on meat purchases. Signs in the stores’ meat departments inform customers how much they can buy.

Costco announced Monday that fresh meat purchases will be temporarily limited to a total of three items per customer.

Costco Wholesale operates 785 stores worldwide, including a store in Loves Park.

Employees at Valli Produce said Tuesday that there were no limits on meat purchases at its Rockford store.

The novel coronavirus has caused meat processing giants across the country to close their doors from Smithfield and Tyson to Hormel and Perdue as workers fall ill from COVID-19, the potentially deadly disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Hy-Vee, a Midwest grocery chain with several stores in downstate and central Illinois, joined other grocers in setting limits on meat products.

"Effective Tuesday, May 5, each customer will be limited to four packages of a combination of fresh beef, ground beef, pork and chicken when they checkout at all Hy-Vee locations," the company posted on its website.

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