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Severe weather leads to meat shortage in Newfoundland

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 4:31 PM - Meat shelves in some Newfoundland grocery stores went bare over the weekend due to transportation issues caused by the weather.

Staff at a Dominion store in Gander told the CBC they were "dramatically behind on orders" due to the issues.

It's been an ongoing problem on the east coast for the past several weeks as trucks carrying goods on Marine Atlantic ferries experienced delays due to ice build-up between Port aux Basques and North Sydney.

"This time of year is always a challenge for us, especially in Newfoundland and Labrador, where we rely on the ferry service," Mark Boudreau, director of Loblaw Corporate Affairs for the east coast, told CTV. "It's factor of life in Atlantic Canada."

Still -- retailers are quick to point out that shelves only remain bare for brief periods and are restocked as fast as the circumstances allow.

Coast guards say the ice is the worst it's been in three decades.

Sources: CBC | CTV

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