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Jun 17, 2014 6:30 AM by Miranda Leah - @MirandaLeahKRIS

Prepare to Pay More For Pork

CORPUS CHRISTI - If you're planning on grilling out anytime soon, get ready to fork out more for some of your favorite meat.

The spike is coming from a deadly disease that's spreading through out the U.S. pork industry, and agriculture experts are warning that pork prices this summer could reach record highs.

"It's affected everyone," said Moody's Quality Meats owner Terry Moench. "Affected consumers most of all, because they're having to pay for it, but it's affected everyone in the industry as well as in the country."

The virus has killed about eight-million pigs already since the outbreak began last may, causing a major shortage.

However, Moench said consumers shouldn't be concerned about the safety of the meat being sold.

"They shouldn't be worried about it," he said. "Because it's not influencing or affecting the meat itself, just kills the little piglets so they don't have as many."

Pork prices aren't the only thing going up, either. Ground beef and whole chickens are nearing their highest prices ever.

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