BBC: Supermarkets warn pet boom causing food pouch shortages

BBC: Supermarkets warn pet boom causing food pouch shortages. “UK supermarkets have warned of a shortage of some dog and cat food products following an ‘unprecedented’ rise in pet ownership during lockdown. Sainsbury’s has apologised after running out of dog and cat food pouches due to a ‘national shortage’, although tinned and dry food are unaffected.”

CNN: Grocery store workers have been on the front lines for a year, but they’re struggling to get the Covid vaccine

CNN: Grocery store workers have been on the front lines for a year, but they’re struggling to get the Covid vaccine. “Although coronavirus risks are high and new variants of the virus are spreading, most of the more than 2.4 million low-wage grocery workers in this country have not yet been made eligible for the vaccine. Guidance on vaccine eligibility continues to evolve, leaving these frontline workers unsure of when they’ll be able to receive the vaccine.”

CBS News: Grocery store workers fear getting sick as coronavirus cases continue to climb

CBS News: Grocery store workers fear getting sick as coronavirus cases continue to climb. “At least 350 UFCW [United Food and Commercial Workers] members have died of COVID-19, including 109 grocery workers, according to the union, which represents 835,000 grocery store workers at major chains including Ahold Delhaize, Albertsons and Kroger. More than 17,400 grocery workers have been infected or exposed to the virus, the union added.”

Dished: Grocery worker shows how to open a produce bag when wearing a mask (VIDEO)

People lick their fingers to open produce bags at the grocery store? Ick. I do a variant of this trick in Dished: Grocery worker shows how to open a produce bag when wearing a mask (VIDEO). “The easiest way to open the pesky bags is to lick your fingers so the two sides don’t stick together. With mandatory mask orders in effect across the country, the task has become impossible. It’s also not the best course of action when a virus that spreads through respiratory droplets is circulating.”

Washington Post: Deep South supermarket Winn-Dixie will require face masks after all

Washington Post: Deep South supermarket Winn-Dixie will require face masks after all. “‘Stronger Together. Winning Together. Let’s help each other stay safe,’ says the coronavirus Web page of Southeastern Grocers, parent company of Winn-Dixie, which operates hundreds of stores across the South. And yet, Winn-Dixie waited until late Monday to announce that it will be joining the stampede of large grocery retailers requiring customers to wear masks in their stores. The company said it will require masks as of July 27.”

Daily Hive: GrocerCheck allows you to monitor grocery store lineups

Daily Hive: GrocerCheck allows you to monitor grocery store lineups. “A new website, GrocerCheck, allows users to determine how busy a grocery store is by viewing a map with color-coded bubbles that represent how many people are inside each store. It analyzes location data from Google servers to show real-time data and weekly crowd averages for each grocery store.” Currently only available for specific cities, including Vancouver, Seattle, the Greater Toronto Area, Silicon Valley, and Las Vegas. More cities are planned for the future development.

WATCH: Staten Island grocery shoppers drive out woman who refuses to wear a mask in the store (Raw Story)

Raw Story: WATCH: Staten Island grocery shoppers drive out woman who refuses to wear a mask in the store. “A group of angry shoppers at a Staten Island ShopRite were captured on video driving out a woman in the store who refused to wear a face mask. The 20-second video clip shows masked shoppers swarming around a shopper who is pushing her cart around without any kind of face covering.”

Los Angeles Times: Cleanup on aisle everywhere: A day in the life of supermarket workers during coronavirus

Los Angeles Times: Cleanup on aisle everywhere: A day in the life of supermarket workers during coronavirus. “For the last few months, grocery stores, deemed essential businesses, have served as public theaters for the traumatized American consumer. Thrust into the role of front-line soldiers amid a war against the coronavirus, employees have had to manage panic attacks, cursing, near-fights and counseling sessions at the checkout stand. They’ve been threatened by customers who are angry about having to wear masks. Some workers have received an hourly bump in appreciation pay. A growing number across the U.S. have become ill. Dozens have died.”

Coronavirus Shopping Habits: Americans Buying More Baking Goods, Alcohol, Frozen Food; Less Flowers, Makeup, Shaving Products (CBS Chicago)

CBS Chicago: Coronavirus Shopping Habits: Americans Buying More Baking Goods, Alcohol, Frozen Food; Less Flowers, Makeup, Shaving Products. “Baking is hot these days, but buying a prepared cake is not. A Chicago-based research firm just released a new tool to track coronavirus purchases. CBS 2 Morning Insider Lauren Victory reveals what’s making it inside our cart, and what’s being left on store shelves. Americans are headed to the grocery store less, but leaving with more than usual. Our baskets are fuller, bellies too.”

COVID-19 fact & fiction: UF experts on how to safely handle groceries, restaurant takeout (News-Press)

News-Press: COVID-19 fact & fiction: UF experts on how to safely handle groceries, restaurant takeout. “When it comes to safely shopping for groceries, eating takeout and handling food, it can feel like a battle between myths and facts. Can you trust that Facebook post? That Twitter meme? Anything? To suss fact from fiction on everything from washing produce to drive-thru fast food, a trio of experts from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences reached out to remind us what the data says, and to answer common food-safety questions.”