Egg Prices Soaring Higher And Here’s Why
I saw some Facebook friends posting pictures of egg prices today, and I did a double take. I’m not sure what part of the country the store picture came from. However, the price for 18 large eggs was more than $9.00. I usually just get a dozen, and its probably half that price. Honestly, unless I’m baking I don’t buy them every week. So, I don’t pay as close attention to the trending costs as I should. But, by any standard, that’s getting out of hand I think. And, it’s not supply chain issues this time. Egg prices soaring higher and higher is attributed to the avian flu. According to ABC11, egg suppliers say farmers in North Carolina and states nationwide had to destroy flocks of chickens due to avian flu. North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services pointed to the problem in Wake County in October 2022. The backyard flock tested positive to HPAI, becoming the state’s first positive in a backyard flock.
Authorities found the disease at nine farms in Johnston and Wayne counties last spring and summer. And, according to the CDC, the virus doesn’t present a high risk to people. However, it can be highly contagious among birds. The food supply is not affected. So, if you eat lots of eggs or do large amounts of baking, you might need to save up for those eggs if this continues to be a problem. The report says a similar price hike took place in Spring of 2022 also because of an avian flu issue. You can check prices of foods and consumer goods at the US Bureau of Labor Statistics site. But, for the time being, egg prices soaring higher is our reality.
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