Recent economic statistics show that egg prices skyrocketed in the wake of bird flu causing the Southern American states to adopt drastic measures. Retailers, on the one hand, find it hard to meet the consumers’ supply demands. Consumers, on the other hand, have specific needs which they can no longer fulfill as a result of the rise in egg prices.
Southern U.S. states have been taken aback by the recent growth in egg prices after authorities have officially acknowledged the risk of bird flu. More than 47 million birds fell victim as a result of the avian flu, medical experts have confirmed.
Authorities have further explained that the current egg shortage is a result of the high death rates registered particularly among egg-laying hens. Farmers and egg producers have stated that they have lost around 35 million egg-laying hens because of the recent bird disease.
This egg shortage has caused retailers to increase prices for this products. Egg boxes are now selling for $3 instead of 50 cents as they used to in the past. Rates could further grow if farmers won’t find a solution to replace the dead hens.
In the meantime, producers have suggested retailers to stop offering egg promotions at least during this period when the products are extremely rare. Stores, however, fear that the high prices will prevent customers from buying eggs and they could soon be forced to throw them because of the expiration date.
Consumer Kathy Hinkle from Houston told the press that she has stopped buying so many eggs since the shortage has started. Other shoppers, however, have higher needs, especially those operating in the food industry where eggs are constantly used as vital ingredients for almost all recipes.
The H5N2 virus was first identified at the beginning of the spring throughout several Midwest farms. Things have worsened, in spite of scientists efforts to reduce mortality among egg-laying hens.
American citizens are now waiting for the government to adopt the first measures against the bird epidemic. They have proven themselves somewhat disappointed in relation to the authorities’ response in relation to the current crisis.
Journalists have paid close attention to the social media accounts of well-renowned politicians to see if they have made new suggestions. Neither Rick Perry, nor Hillary Clinton have mentioned the egg shortage caused by the bird flu. The politicians seem now more interested in obtaining support for their future campaigns instead of addressing the egg problem.
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