“Where’s the beef? Empty meat shelves in province’s grocery stores,” reads the headline on CBC News.
“A particularly hard winter has hit meat supplies in eastern Canada, leaving some supermarket shelves bare,” echoes the BBC.
Newfoundland shoppers tweeted photos of empty shelves in the fresh meat aisle, and one supermarket said it was “dramatically behind on orders,” the CBC news website reported.
Earlier reports said shops had also been running short of fruit and vegetables.
Three Marine Atlantic ferries made the crossing late Saturday with much-needed food stocks, but more ice means ferries have been stuck since then.
“Something we haven’t seen in decades”
While sea ice is normal between mainland Canada and Newfoundland, this year has been worse than usual.
“The ice conditions and the weather systems that we’ve been experiencing this winter, particularly this week, have been something we haven’t seen in decades,” said Darrell Mercer with Marine Atlantic last week. He said the ice began forming in early February, more than a month earlier than last year, and has been building ever since.
Producers are also feeling the pinch. One milk farmer says he had to ditch 100,000 litres (22,000 gallons) of milk earlier this month – with a value of about $100,000 (US$78,000, £53,000) – because it couldn’t be shipped to the mainland for processing before it spoiled.
Meanwhile, a backlog of around 350 tractor-trailer loads of food were stuck at the ferry terminal in North Sydney, waiting to cross to Port aux Basques.
No mention of fighting for food … yet.
Thanks to Jayne James for these links