Egg shortage continues in the country, why are egg prices going up?

One of the biggest concerns for Americans right now is the current shortage of an important item on their tables: eggs.

Many supermarket customers in Florida have voiced their complaints as they are unable to get eggs in any of the state’s stores.

Eggs are one of the main proteins that have become a substitute for beef and venison, according to USDA estimates.

However, a recent USDA report assures that egg prices started to drop in the middle of the country, however, the question still remains, why is it so hard to get eggs in the U.S. in 2023?

According to several media reports, the main problem of the egg shortage is due to an avian flu epidemic affecting the industry.

In addition, eggs are one of the main sources of protein for U.S. families, so they are in very high demand, which added to the plummeting production, resulted in egg shortages.

USDA data showed that about 58 million birds were infected with avian flu, making it one of the deadliest outbreaks in history. All infected birds had to be culled.

However, not only does the disease result in animals having to be culled, but bird flu prevents healthy animals from laying eggs.

Will the price of eggs continue to rise?

According to Department of Agriculture data, they have an overall shell egg inventory that increased 3%, however, large eggs in the Midwest region declined 19%.

Improved eggs were up 17%, but organic eggs were down 5.5%. Although table egg production was unchanged from last week, however, it improved by 7% compared to last year.

The national wholesale egg price is $3.30 per dozen, as reported by USDA last week. In some U.S. cities, egg prices were as high as 3.58% in November.

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