Wednesday, April 9, 2014

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooo...

Brad_in_MA sends in the downer story of the day...

US Bacon Prices Rise After Virus Kills Baby Pigs
A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices by 10 percent or more.

Scientists think porcine epidemic diarrhea, which does not infect humans or other animals, came from China, but they don't know how it got into the country or spread to 27 states since last May. The federal government is looking into how such viruses might spread, while the pork industry, wary of future outbreaks, has committed $1.7 million to research the disease.
Bacon prices are on the rise?



That's all I have to say about that...

That is all.

5 comments:

Old NFO said...

Well crap... NOT good for my breakfast favorite...

BS said...

I just picked up 20 pounds of pork belly for this year's first batch of bacon, and the cost was up more than $.50 per pound.

threecollie said...

The sale of the entire Smithfield Pork company to China ain't gonna help that situation either

Dave H said...

They were sold to China? I guess they'll have to change their name to "Smithfield Porque" to meet US truth-in-labeling regulations.

Anonymous said...

I read a couple of places thatthe thinking is that the Chinese (inadvertantly?)brought it with them when they were visiting the Smithfield facilities.