Dairy products being thrown away during pandemic

    Washington, DC (ABC) - With long lines and record use at food banks across the U.S. it is surprising to hear dairy farmers have been forced to throw away their products during the pandemic.

    The coronavirus has exposed some issues in the nation's food and dairy supply chains.

    Dr. Barbara Jones, Director of the Southwest Regional Dairy Center at Tarleton University in Texas, said the production lines that are directed for the small cartons that are sold to schools, cannot all of a sudden within one day be changed over to gallon jugs.

    Dairy farmers have seen a significant drop in demand from schools, restaurants and other food service providers which have been mandated to close their doors to stop the spread of the virus.

    Dairy Farmers of America reported up to 3.7 million gallons of milk could be dumped every day during the crisis in the country.




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