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USDA: Food prices record largest monthly spike in 46 years

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reported a 2.6% increase in food prices nationwide from March to April, marking the largest monthly increase in 46 years.

USDA food prices The greatest increases were recorded in the prices of meat, poultry, fish and eggs, with each food category recording a 4.3% increase from the previous month.

Within the meat category, prices for boneless pork chops were roughly 6% higher and hamburger and sirloin steak prices were up by 4%; prices on whole fresh chickens shot up by 12%.

These increases have been fueled by disruptions in the supply chain due to worker illnesses in processing plants – the United Food and Commercial Workers stated that at least 44 workers died of COVID-19 as of May 29.

Lesser price increases were recorded for dairy and related products and fruits and vegetables, with those categories recording a 1.5% rise from March to April.

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  1. Every rent, doctors visit, medicine, is going up as you can read, but social security stays the same all year long. Food stamps are a joke, they are not enough for anyone to survive. All these politicians, do you ever go shopping for food? Do you even care about the elderly? And now you want to help the immigrants, what about us??These prices are not going back to what they were, before this pandemic. The people voted you in, I for one will not be voting, this is America, and we should all be treated like human beings.


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