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April 8, 2020
Commissioner of Agriculture Calls on Grocery Retailers to Lift Purchases on Milk
Contact: Michael Wallace, 804.786.1904

The Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture (VDACS) today asked grocery retailers in Virginia to consider removing limitations on the amount of milk a consumer can purchase at one time. VDACS’ Commissioner Dr. Jewel Bronaugh issued today’s communication following reports of milk purchases being limited to ensure adequate consumer access. Many grocery retailers placed purchase limitations on milk and other high demand products at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic due to customer uneasiness.

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and the dairy industry is experiencing a decreased demand for fluid milk as social distancing limits restaurant purchases, school attendance, and demand for dairy exports. The change in market outlets for fluid milk has created an oversupply at the farm level.

“While there may be some geographical regions of Virginia that still require limits to allow all customers an opportunity to purchase grocery staples, we are asking retailers to work with their suppliers to ensure adequate re-stocking and to remove customer limits on milk purchases. This will ultimately help both the dairy farmer and the consumer,” said Commissioner Bronaugh.

Click here to view Commissioner Bronaugh’s letter to Virginia grocery retailers.

VDACS launched a new COVID-19 Emergency Information Center website to provide guidance and resources to farms, industry and agribusiness operations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Consumers can search the Virginia Grown website for dairies and other fresh from the farm products.

For more up-to-date Virginia agricultural information, follow VDACS on Twitter and Facebook.

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