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Meat scanner price - More Info
Retail prices are collected for several purposes, one of which
is to calculate price spreads.
ERS develops price spreads for beef, pork, broilers, turkey, and
eggs as a measure that describes the allocation of the consumer
dollar among the various stages of marketing in the livestock/meat
industry. The measuring points are the farm, wholesale, and retail
levels in the marketing chain. The farm and wholesale prices are
from USDA's Market News, and retail prices are from the Bureau
of Labor Statistics (BLS). Prices from these sources are standardized
to reflect 1 pound of meat at the retail level. Price spreads are
reported monthly for total (farm to retail), farm to wholesale,
and wholesale to retail.
ERS is required by the Livestock Mandatory Reporting Act of 1999
to continue using BLS retail prices in calculating price spreads
for 2 years after the first release of the retail scanner prices