Virus in piglets causing pork shortage

DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) – A new virus in piglets could cause a significant shortage of pork and record highs in pork prices this year.

The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, or PED virus, cannot be transmitted into humans. It impacts baby pigs the most and has quickly spread nation-wide in the last year.

Experts speculate pork production could be down between two and ten percent.

Indiana Packer Vice President of live stock procurement David Murray said they have taken steps to prevent the virus from spreading.

“Indiana Packers was one of the first plants in the United States to implement a bio-security program last summer. We actually have a program in place for transportation vehicles and people coming into the plant to try to minimize the impact and spread of the virus outside of the facility,” said Murray.

While hog prices are about the same as last year, prices are expected to jump during the spring and summer.

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