By Casey Harper
A decision by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to no longer serve pork to inmates has been quickly reversed after public outcry and a letter of inquiry from Senate Republican Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley.
The bureau has not fully explained why it stopped serving pork Oct. 1 of this year. Initially, the bureau told The Washington Post that pork was an expensive option and that a survey of inmates found it was not a popular option. They have since announced they will continue serving pork roast.
Grassley sent a letter Thursday to Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels questioning the transparency surrounding the decision and how much taxpayer money was used to conduct this survey in the first place. Hours later, the decision was reversed.
“The decision by the Bureau of Prisons to completely remove pork from its menus was ham-handed at best,” Grassley said in a statement Friday. “I appreciate the quick decision after my letter to the bureau to keep pork products on prison menus.”
Grassley, who represents the farming state of Iowa, also stressed the importance of the American pork industry, which was not happy about the decision.
“We find it hard to believe that a survey would have found a majority of any population saying, ‘No thanks, I don’t want any bacon,’” a representative for The National Pork Producers Council told Fox News.
Grassley is now looking into why the decision was made in the first place.
“None of that’s been answered, and it ought to be,” Grassley said in a statement. “I look forward to receiving a response to my letter.”
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