Federal inmates have a reason of joy: pork roast is back on the menu!
After a week of intense debates concerning the sudden removal of pork from the federal inmates, the government completely changed its position and introduced pork back on the menu.
The Bureau of Prison unveiled the decision after a member of the Republican Senate opposed the decision, declaring that it would mean not taking into consideration the prisoners’ food preferences and also a lack of transparency.
“The pork industry is responsible for 547,800 jobs, which creates $22.3 billion in personal incomes and contributes $39 billion to the gross domestic product,” said Sen. Charles E. Grassley in a letter addressed to the Bureau of Prisons.
He also added that the US is the biggest exporter of pork meat and also one of the most important producers. Getting the pork out of the prisons’ menu would have direct negative consequences on the people working in the pork industry, Grassley added. He is the director of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which supervises the entire prison system.
The pork was banned from the prisons’ menu beginning with October 1 and affected approximately 206,000 inmates. The pork meat was replaced by chicken and beef meat. When taking the decision, many believed that the government acted under pressure from Muslims.
On Thursday, Edmond Ross, the prison bureau’s spokesman, declared that they don’t know what made the government change its position in this matter. However, a justification from the senior prison officials is expected on Thursday.
Trying to explain why pork has been banned, Ross put the blame on the high prices of pork meat.
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