Robert: California could be facing a bacon shortage
Published on August 2nd, 2021 @ 12:00 PM
At the beginning of next year, the state of California will enforce a new animal welfare proposition that will require more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens and veal calves. Any meat and eggs not compliant with these new rules will not be permitted to be sold in the state.
Since only 4% of hog operations now comply with the new legislation, California could lose its pork supply.
“We are very concerned about the potential supply impacts and therefore cost increases,” said Matt Sutton, the public policy director for the California Restaurant Association.
California records around 255 million pounds of pork sold per month through restaurants and grocery stores. The state itself only produces 45 million pounds.
Should pork products become scarce, some experts are estimating the price of bacon could jump by up to 60%.