A fresh food inflation warning has been sounded with fears that beef and pork prices could surge due to a slump in production in the US. According to Rabobank International, meat production in America could fall by up to 5% next year primarily due to a dry weather that has forced farmers to cull their herds because feed has become more expensive. This has accelerated the long-term decline in the industry in the US. One prediction, quoted in the Daily Telegraph, is that beef imports from America will fall c.10% or more in Q4 2012.