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Food prices skyrocket, Good Friday and Passover are late: 5 Things podcast

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Food prices are going up

Reporter Jordan Mendoza tells us what to expect. Plus, the man charged in the Brooklyn subway attack is held without bail, the family of Patrick Lyoya wants charges after an officer shot and killed him, patient safety reporter Karen Weintraub talks about new data on a COVID-19 booster for kids ages 5- 11 and Passover and Good Friday are here historically late.

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Hit play on the player above to hear the podcast and follow along with the transcript below. This transcript was automatically generated, and then edited for clarity in its current form. There may be some differences between the audio and the text.

Taylor Wilson:

Buenos dias. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Friday, the 15th of April 2022. Today, the rising cost of food. Plus the latest in the aftermath of the Brooklyn subway attack, and more.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. The Russian warship Moskva sank into the Black Sea yesterday. The ship’s history goes back to the days of the Cold War and marks a major symbolic defeat for Russia in its ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
  2. The head of the UN World Food Program says people are being starved to death in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol. David Beasley also predicted the crisis will likely get worse as Russia picks up its offensive in the country’s east.
  3. And the FDA has given emergency authorization for the first COVID-19 test using a breath sample. In studies, the test correctly identified a positive COVID infection in 91% of cases and a negative one in more than 99%.

After the United States saw record gas prices last month, consumers can now also expect to pay more at the grocery store and while dining out. Reporter Jordan Mendoza has more on a USDA prediction that expects the cost of food to rise.

Jordan Mendoza:

For all the major food categories that you’re going to be seeing in grocery stores, they’re all going to be jumping. You’re not going to see one rising more than the other. I mean, you will see one more rising than the other, but you’re going to see increased prices everywhere. They’re looking at what’s affecting this and really one of the biggest jumps is going to be with poultry, and that has to do a lot with the outbreak of the bird flu that’s been spreading across the country. 23 states have been affected by it, and so with poultry products, you’re going to be seeing about 6% to 7% increases in your trip to the grocery store. And it also affects eggs, too. Eggs are expected to rise about 2.5% to 3.5%.

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