Bird Flu Sparks Egg Shortage And Increase In Poultry Prices

Got eggs? Unless you are a prepper, the answer to that could very well be "no" in the near future. The bird flu outbreak in the Midwest has caused an egg shortage, and steep prices are expected soon nationwide. The H5N2 bird flu virus and mutated strains of the virus have now been confirmed on farms in 16 states and in Canada as well.

Farmers in the country's top egg-producing states have been hard hit by the H5N2 bird flu. Not only will eggs be in high demand and short supply, but poultry will as well.

Many “egg-dependent” food companies are considering importing eggs from foreign farmers to make up for the domestic egg shortage. The avian flu outbreak is also pushing some of the same processed food companies to look for egg alternatives for their frozen and packaged food items.

An Archer Daniels Midland Company representative said that the bird flu egg shortage has prompted prices to rise and said the food manufacturer has received a multitude of inquiries from companies concerning “plant-based egg substitutes.”

Approximately 30 percent of the eggs in the United States, including those sold by the dozen, liquid eggs, frozen eggs, and dried eggs, have disappeared from the marketplace during the bird flu outbreak. Egg prices have already risen 63 cents and the H5N2 avian flu outbreak shows no signs of slowing just yet. The price of one dozen eggs sold at a grocery store is now about $2.03 in many locations. Ice cream makers are also reportedly bracing for shortage and are working with farmers to help protect hens from the bird flu. Click here to read the rest of the bird flu report.