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Bangers and cash as sausage prices soar.

THE price of the humble sausage has rocketed in the last year, according to research unveiled today.

The Grocer magazine reported that the average price of a six-pack of branded sausages sold in the UK's leading supermarkets was pounds 2.09 last month, up 50 per cent on last year's figures.

And the price of ownlabel sausages had shot up 37 per cent to pounds 1.16.

The price rise has been blamed on declining UK and EU pig herds combined with greater demand from China for European pork.

The Chinese pig herd has been hit by an outbreak of blue ear disease which has forced Chinese supermarkets to look to Europe to fill the void.

The credit crunch has also taken its toll as the fall in the value of the pound has made importing pork products even more expensive.

A spokesman for the British Sausage Appreciation Society said: "The UK imports about 50 per cent of its pork products so if currency prices are fluctuating internationally, prices will go up here. wMore people are eating sausages, with many seeing them now as a main-meal item."
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 11, 2009
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