Don’t panic! Pork industry says not to worry about a bacon shortage

You’ve probably seen the headlines by now of a bacon shortage. But now, bacon lovers can rest easy because these headlines are fake news.

A USDA report showing the nation’s frozen pork belly inventory at less than 18 million pounds. That’s the lowest point in half a century, triggering alarms among bacon lovers and driving the cost of bacon up.

Pork industry officials insist the US hog supply will keep up with the demand. The popularity of bacon has increased tremendously recently, so the industry is building several processing plants across the country over the next few years.