Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Federal Prisons Drop Pork Not A Conspiracy

Federal Prisons Drop Pork, CAIR Warns Against Hateful Conspiracy Theories ---

October 9, 2015 Federal Prisons Drop Pork, CAIR Warns Against Hateful Conspiracy Theories  Edmond Ross, a spokesman for the prison bureau says the decision was based on prisoner surveys “Pork has been the lowest-rated food by inmates for several years" but refused to say whether an increase in the number of Muslim or Jewish prisoners who choose to avoid pork for religious reasons played any role in the decision. The federal prison menu dropped to just two pork products in past 2 years . Prisoner will have to buy  their own pork products from the commissary. Muslim rights group CAIR predicted that conspiracy theories tying it to religion would arise: “It will stoke the fires of Islamophobia based on the usual conspiracy theories.” Oct 16 Swine and Dine: Federal prisons reverse pork menu ban after outcry Fox News  Federal Bureau of Prisons may have bitten off more than it could chew by banning pork from prison menus earlier this month -- and apparently has reversed course on the decision.

Finally, the government has decided to eliminate pork ... The Washington Post  The ban started with the new fiscal year last week. ... Incarcerated porklovers still have an option: The prison commissary, a convenience store ...nation’s pork producers are in an uproar after the federal government abruptly removed bacon, pork chops, pork links, ham and all other pig products from the national menu for 206,000 federal inmates. The ban started with the new fiscal year last week. The Bureau of Prisons, which is responsible for running 122 federal penitentiaries and feeding their inmates three meals a day, said the decision was based on a survey of prisoners’ food preferences: They just don’t like the taste of pork.

“Why keep pushing food that people don’t want to eat?” asked Edmond Ross, a spokesman for the prison bureau. “Pork has been the lowest-rated food by inmates for several years,

Washington Post: The Bureau of Prisons, which is responsible for running 122 federal penitentiaries and feeding their inmates three meals a day, said the decision was based on a survey of prisoners’ food preferences: They just don’t like the taste of pork. “Why keep pushing food that people don’t want to eat?” asked Edmond Ross, a spokesman for the prison bureau. “Pork has been the lowest-rated food by inmates for several years, CAIR predicted that conspiracy theories tying it to religion would arise: “It will stoke the fires of Islamophobia based on the usual conspiracy theories,” Hooper predicted.

Conservative Muslim conspiracy theory: Conservatives think prison pork ban is a Muslim conspiracy 

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USDA ERS - Factors Affecting U.S. Pork Consumption

Factors Affecting U.S. Pork Consumption

by Christopher Davis and Biing-Hwan Lin
Outlook No. (LDPM-13001) 18 pp, May 2005
Pork ranks third in annual U.S. meat consumption, behind beef and chicken, averaging 51 pounds per person. The Continuing Survey of Food Intakes by Individuals (CSFII) indicates that most pork is consumed at home. Pork consumption is highest in the Midwest, followed by the South, the Northeast, and the West. Rural consumers eat more pork than urban/suburban consumers. Pork consumption varies by race and ethnicity. Higher income consumers tend to consume less pork. Everything else remaining constant, demographic data in the CSFII suggests future declines in per capita pork consumption as the share of Hispanics and the elderly in the population rises because those two groups eat less pork than the national average. However, total U.S. pork consumption will grow because of an expansion of the U.S. population.

National Chicken Council:
2015 proj.
Beef 54.3 0
Pork 49.7
Red Meat 105.2
Chicken  90.1
Turkey 15.5
Poultry 105.6
Red and Poultry  210.8
Fish 2012 14.2

Rank
1 Poultry 105.6
2 Red Meat 105.2
3 Chicken  90.1
4 Beef 54.3
5 Pork 49.7 (about same as beef) Banned in federal prisons
6 Turkey 15.5
7 Fish 14.2

Per Capita Consumption of Poultry and Livestock, 1965 to Estimated 2016, in Pounds


1/ Includes beef, pork, veal, and mutton/lamb, but excludes edible offals.
2/ Estimated by USDA
Note: All poultry and livestock products are on a retail weight basis, except “other chicken” and “turkey” which are reported by USDA on a carcass-weight basis.
Fish/shellfish is reported by The National Marine Fisheries Service on an edible weight basis.
Source: USDA
Last updated July 10, 2015


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Oct 16 Swine and Dine: Federal prisons reverse pork menu ban after outcry Fox News  Federal Bureau of Prisons may have bitten off more than it could chew by banning pork from prison menus earlier this month -- and apparently has reversed course on the decision.  bureau drew complaints from the American pork industry and most recently from Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley for the ban, the senator's office tells FoxNews.com that the bureau informed them they're backing off the decision and returning pork to the menu.  baby-back backlash escalated as Grassley, Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, fired off a letter to Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels expressing "concerns" about the decision and questioning the survey process that supposedly showed pork was low-rated among prisoners.  "To corroborate the validity of the claim that prisoners indicated a lack of interest in pork products, I am requesting copies of the prisoner surveys and responses that were used to support the determination to no longer serve pork in federal prisons," Grassley wrote.  original decision also stirred speculation as to whether Muslim or Jewish dietary restrictions had anything to do with it.

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October 9, 2015 Finally, the government has decided to eliminate pork ... The Washington Post  The ban started with the new fiscal year last week. ... Incarcerated porklovers still have an option: The prison commissary, a convenience store ...nation’s pork producers are in an uproar after the federal government abruptly removed bacon, pork chops, pork links, ham and all other pig products from the national menu for 206,000 federal inmates. The ban started with the new fiscal year last week. The Bureau of Prisons, which is responsible for running 122 federal penitentiaries and feeding their inmates three meals a day, said the decision was based on a survey of prisoners’ food preferences: They just don’t like the taste of pork.

“Why keep pushing food that people don’t want to eat?” asked Edmond Ross, a spokesman for the prison bureau. “Pork has been the lowest-rated food by inmates for several years,

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New Pork Ban In Federal Prisons | The Daily Caller The Daily Caller Oct 10,2015 Federal Bureau of Prisons bans pork from all federal penitentiaries and says ban not related to Muslim prisoners who choose to avoid pork for ...Officials with the Bureau of Prisons insist that they made the decision without giving any thought whatsoever to religious accommodations for prisoners, reports The Washington Post. Ross refused to say whether an increase in the number of Muslim (or, sure, Jewish) prisoners who choose to avoid pork for religious reasons played any role in the decision to stop serving pork altogether.

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, welcomed the pork ban. (RELATED: CAIR Tries To Ban Professor’s Speech On ‘The Islamic Threat To America’)

“In general we welcome the change because it’s facilitating the accommodation of Muslim inmates,” Hooper told the Post.

The spokesman for the Muslim civil rights group also told the Post — which contacted him about pork in prisons — that opponents of Islam would suggest that federal prison officials have caved to pressure from Muslims.

“It will stoke the fires of Islamophobia based on the usual conspiracy theories,” Hooper predicted.

Wide-ranging blogger and University of Wisconsin law professor Ann Althouse suggested that what is likely happening here is that the federal government is simultaneously attempting to streamline its menus and also accommodate prisoners who refuse pork for religious reasons.

“Prisoners don’t like bacon?! That’s about the most ludicrously unbelievable thing I’ve ever heard the government say,” Althouse commented.

The more prisoners a single menu can feed, the more cost-effective prison food service is, she also suggested.


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