(NEWSER) – Life in federal prison now means life without bacon—or pork chops, or ham, or any other pork product. Pork was completely removed from the menu for all 206,000 federal prisoners with the beginning of the new fiscal year this month in a move that the Bureau of Prisons says comes down to inmate preferences and cost considerations, the Washington Post reports.
The pork industry finds the explanation hard to swallow. "I do find it hard to believe that the majority would say 'No thank you to bacon,'" a National Pork Producers Council spokesman tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, adding that with pork, the federal government is "getting a good product at a very good price."
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