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5 Suddenly Expensive Foodstuffs, According To Statistics Canada

01/22/2016 12:28 EST | Updated 01/22/2017 05:12 EST

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.

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

Lettuce

green vegetables

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

Apples

fruit tree

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

Pasta products

pasta

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

Oranges

citrus greening

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

Fresh or frozen beef

beef at cop 21

Beef was 5.8 per cent more costly than it was a year ago.