Bloomberg reports that US consumers could see tightening bacon supplies next year … and, go figure, it is all China's fault.

Apparently there is a "pig-killing disease in China" that is rippling "through the global market … While China’s hog crisis hasn’t had much impact on the U.S. market yet, that could change in 2020 as the Asian nation is forced to increase imports even more in the face a prolonged protein deficit."

Arnold Silver, director of raw materials procurement at Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer, tells Bloomberg that the Chinese "are insatiable in their appetite for pork," and that this hunger almost inevitably will affect supplies here in the US.

According to the story, "Smithfield will prioritize supplying its long-held U.S. customer base before directing meat for export to China, Silver said. But strong demand from Asia means more U.S. pork exports could flow to the Asian country, and some cuts of meat could face particular tightness."

KC's View: Seems to me that this gives the Trump administration an enormous weapon in the tariffs battle with China. Accede to our demands, or it'll be years before you're able to enjoy a delicious BLT or bacon cheeseburger. That would do it for me.

Of course, it is possible that the Chinese could turn to mutton … and as we know, there is nothing better in the world "than a nice MLT - mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is lean and the tomato is ripe…" (But again I digress…)