Prices across Europe for manufacturing cuts of pigmeat and other ingredients have started an unexpected spiral, brought about in part by falling clean pig numbers. "In Holland, we have a topsy turvy situation," Dutch Bacon Curers' Association secretary Hans Heier told The Grocer. "Streaks are costing more than gammons, for instance, and collars are costing more than bone-in streaks. Or look at simple back fat. In week 35 it cost 1.10 guilders/kg, but in week 41 it was fetching 2,15 guilders/kg." A similar situation has been reported by traders in Denmark, where back fat has also doubled in price. The increasing cost of forequarter meat for sausages and salami will mean higher prices for these products soon. {{PROVISIONS }}

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