WASHINGTON -- Consumers can expect some relief from higher prices for certain fresh foods next year, according to data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. Retail egg prices will decline slightly during 2005; beef, pork, poultry and dairy prices will undergo more modest price increases than in 2004, USDA's ERS said in its final Consumer Price Index report of 2004. Due in part to the popularity of low carb, high-protein diets, demand for eggs ...

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