Bacon prices push up food inflation

More expensive bacon and sausages resulted in food inflation soaring to 13.7% last month.

Meat costs, including bacon, ham and poultry products, soared 16.3% year-on-year in July, data from the Office for National Statistics revealed.

Dearer food as a whole weighed in with nearly half the 0.6% in the overall rise in the Consumer Prices Index last month, taking what is the official rate of inflation up to a new high of 4.4%.

The ONS said retail prices for back bacon rose 13% to £8.48 per kilogram, while best mince soared 19% to £5.77/kg. Pork sausages were 9% dearer at £3.92/kg, while fresh chicken jumped 35% to £3.02/kg.

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