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Bacon supply safe despite plummeting pork reserves, council says

Posted February 1


The pork used to make bacon is at the lowest level since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, but there's no reason to panic.

A report from the United States Department of Agriculture said the supply of frozen pork belly, from which bacon is cut, is at its lowest level since Dec. 1957, according to the Ohio Pork Council. The total pork inventory dropped 41 million pounds last month alone.

The Jan. 24 USDA report said the frozen pork belly stock was down 4 percent from Nov. 2016 and 67 percent from the same time in 2015.

The record high was set in 1988 when there were more then 113 million pounds of pork belly in cold storage. This month, though, the record low was set at less than 18 million pounds.

According to NBC News, there is no bacon shortage on the horizon: The nation's pork farmers are doing their best to meet the heightened demand, said Rich Deaton, President of the Ohio Pork Council.

"Rest assured. The pork industry will not run out of supply. Ohio farmers will continue to work hard to ensure consumers receive the products they crave," Deaton said.


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  • Charles Foster Feb 1, 2017
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    Finally the media is reporting on a subject that is critical for everyday lives!

  • Wayne Smith Feb 1, 2017
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    Oh the humanity:(

  • Larry Price Feb 1, 2017
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    May be due to a shortage of pork in China that started there last year. It will be interesting to see how Smithfield Foods (owned by a Chinese company since 2013) plays into this.

  • Matt Wood Feb 1, 2017
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    I feel like this story makes the rounds every year...

  • John Johnson Feb 1, 2017
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    Anything to RAISE Prices and Gouge Consumers.. If TRUE? So This Happened ALL OF A SUDDEN !!?? Who Failed to Do Their Job (Again).. Very Suspicious..!!??

  • Brian Pease Feb 1, 2017
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    Why isn't this the biggest story on the page?! This is far more important than what the president is up to.