Five suddenly expensive food items in Canada

OTTAWA -- Climbing prices for fresh fruits and vegetables as well as meat products helped fuel the 1.6 per cent increase in Canada's annual inflation rate in December, Statistics Canada said Friday.

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Here are five popular foods that are burning holes in the wallets of Canadians, according to the StatCan data:

Lettuce: The leafy green salad staple was a whopping 21.8 per cent more expensive in December than it was a year ago.

Apples: They were 11.8 per cent more expensive than they were a year ago.

Pasta products: They were 9.5 per cent more costly than they were a year ago.

Oranges: They were 8.8 per cent more expensive than they were a year ago.

Fresh or frozen beef: Beef was 5.8 per cent more costly than it was a year ago.



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