Bird Flu and Ukraine War Causes Egg Prices to Soar

Egg prices have significantly increased due to the infectious bird flu outbreak across the United Stated and the persisting war in Ukraine.

The price for national trading of a truckload of graded, loose, white large shell eggs has risen to $2.50 from $0.23 per dozen. The wholesale price in the Midwest for large, white, shell eggs delivered to warehouses increased from $0.38 to $2.85 per dozen. The benchmark in California for large shell eggs increased from $0.31 to $3.63 per dozen.

“Wholesale prices for graded loose eggs have begun to top out as business slows and supplies are moderate even as offerings remain light,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.

USDA reported that losses of egg-laying flocks due to the Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5) outbreak have led to high stock prices.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported that avian influenza has been detected in the United States in January. There are currently around 24 million birds affected by the virus.

The coming Easter season has also been affecting the market. USDA reported that supplies are still sufficient amid the coming holiday.

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