As food prices balloon across Canada, grocers say they are coping with a reported increase in meat product thefts.

According to figures released by Statistics Canada in November, numerous types and cuts of meat have seen significant cost increases since 2014. The cost of beef is also predicted to rise another four per cent this year.

Consumers have seen the biggest jumps at cash registers for products such as sirloin steak (15.8 per cent), stewing beef (14.3 per cent), prime-rib roast (8.4 per cent), blade roast (8.2 per cent), round steak (7.8 per cent), ground beef (7.3 per cent) and chicken (6.4 per cent).

According to industry experts, the pricey cuts have caught the eye of thieves, including those involved in organized crime.

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