Although 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt Jones attributes her longevity to eating bacon every day, it looks as though United States prison inmates won’t be having any bacon-focused breakfasts any time soon.


Starting this month, prisons across the United States will stop serving pork to their inmates. The decision came about after an annual survey found that inmates were least interested in the meat when compared to the other options served for meals. Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesperson Dana Williams tells Quartz, “Year after year the most disliked item menu was pork. We try to be good stewards of government money. We don’t want to be wasteful.”


Although the survey isn’t lying, pork suppliers aren’t sold on the fact inmates are willing to give up bacon. Dave Warner, a spokesman for the National Pork Producers Council, tells The Star Telegram,

“For people who are incarcerated, we understand that they’re denied certain rights and freedoms but we don’t think bacon should be one of them. I do find it hard to believe that the majority would say ‘No thank you to bacon.'”


Although pork will no longer be served as the star of prison meals, Quartz reports that inmates will still have the opportunity to indulge in turkey bacon and buy other pork products from prison commissaries.

If inmates are looking for an extra special prison meal, take a note from Lil Wayne and Ja Rule and crunch up some ramen noodles and serve them mixed in with a bag of Doritos.


[via Quartz]