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Egg Rationing has Begun as a Result of the Bird Flu

Worst-ever avian flu epidemic this country has ever see…

In response to the worst-ever avian flu epidemic this country has ever seen, restaurants, bakeries and food manufacturers are beginning to ration their egg production and consumption due to the skyrocketing prices of this precious staple. This is especially so in Texas, where customers at H-E-B supermarkets are being asked to contain their egg purchases to just three one-dozen cartons per day. Whataburger, another Texas company, is reducing its breakfast hours where it will sell egg-containing pastries and dishes. These restrictions are in response to the effects of bird flu which has so far wiped out more than 33 million egg-laying hens and chickens across the United States. That number is increasing every day, and is actually more than 40 million when you count other types of non egg-laying chickens. As the industry struggles to keep up with this devastating blow to their flocks, farmers have had no choice but to introduce higher prices. It’s the simple law of supply and demand.

Many bakeries and restaurants, which need eggs in bulk (particularly liquid eggs)…

Many bakeries and restaurants, which need eggs in bulk (particularly liquid eggs) to stay in business every day, are stockpiling and freezing their egg supplies in order to stay on top of the demand and stall against future price increases. The restrictions put on consumers at supermarkets is an effort to curb the practice of commercial buyers from raiding the shelves of bulk eggs.

The wholesale price of liquid eggs has risen sharpl…

This national crisis started back in April when bird flu started running rampant in the Midwest, quickly spreading through the rest of the country. As a result, the wholesale price of liquid eggs has risen sharply from $0.63 per dozen to more than $1.50, says The Washington Post. As the supply runs low, the demand is spiking. Not only are egg products rising, but the cost of products that contain eggs, like pasta, cake and bread, is rising too. Even fast food restaurants like McDonald’s, which has a thriving breakfast business, will have to rethink its operations and seek out alternative ways of buying enough eggs. They may, like Whataburger, have to scale back their breakfast hours to accommodate the shortage.

Bakers all over the country are also struggling with keeping enough eggs in stock to make their confections and pastries. This has forced bakers like Joe Greco of Chicago to stockpile and freeze liquid eggs in case of an even greater shortage – and higher prices – later on. He typically uses 600 pounds of liquid eggs each week, but has stockpiled that amount to seven times that in his freezer. He may soon have to turn to actual eggs that he will have to break himself, which is more of a cost risk. This is exactly what supermarket chains like H-E-B are trying to avoid. They fear that commercial buyers will rid their shelves of eggs that average consumers desperately need to feed their families.

Only time till tell when and if this avian flu will stop gaining ground and eventually burn out. Till then, expect egg rationing to be par for the course.


By | 2016-10-19T10:29:54+00:00 June 15th, 2015|Avian Flu, Bird Flu|0 Comments

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