asahi.com : Where’s the butter? Shortage of milk spreads stocks thin – ENGLISH
At an elementary school in Osaka Prefecture, the children’s favorite butter-flavored buns used to be served once a week. The tasty rolls were dropped from the lunch menu in February.
Salad oil has also replaced butter in curries and stews.
The changes were not made for nutritional reasons; it was simply because butter was in short supply.
Domestically produced butter is scarce at retail stores because of a shortage of raw milk and higher prices of butter imports.
A shortage of butter for commercial use began to hit cake shops and restaurants last fall. The problem has now spread to homes.
Worse, butter makers are planning to raise retail prices in April, when raw milk prices are set to increase. The move will likely keep butter off more mealtime tables.
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