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Wholesale prices of pork have surged 40 percent in the last 10 days due to rising demand following import bans on U.S. beef and suspension of poultry shipments from some Asian countries, industry officials said Wednesday.

With the outbreak of the first case of mad cow disease in the United States and the bird flu spreading in Asia, restaurant operators are turning to pork for their dishes, resulting in a shortage, the officials said.

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