Bay Area meat, fruit, vegetable prices soar


Prices for meat, fruit, and other key food items in the Bay Area skyrocketed in February, at a time when coronavirus-linked business shutdowns persisted, government officials reported Wednesday.

The overall cost of living in the Bay Area as measured by the consumer price index remains tame, but costs for certain essential products such as food have rocketed higher, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported.

The main bright spot in the current trends: While the costs for many vital food items soared in February, the increase was slightly less brutal than in December, according to this news organization’s analysis of the government report.

However, for the first time since state and local government agencies began to order business shutdowns to combat the spread of the coronavirus, prices for unleaded gasoline began to rise, slightly.


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