Bird Flu and Egg Prices

6/30/2015
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You may have noticed that the price of eggs is going up. The primary reason is that Avian Influenza (AI), also known as bird flu, hit the U.S. In fact, more than 12 percent of the egg laying flock has been affected, making the supply of eggs tighter. We’re here to clear up a few things and most importantly, we want you to know:

  • The shell egg industry remains largely intact and wholesale egg prices have already started to moderate and come down.
  • There is also no evidence that there will be a shortage of eggs at your local supermarket.
  • AI cannot be transmitted through properly cooked eggs, so cook basic egg recipes until the yolk and white are firm and cook or bake any dishes containing eggs until they reach 160º F.
  • Lastly, according to the Center for Disease Control, the strains of this disease have a low risk of being transmitted to humans and no human infections with these viruses have been detected.

While prices may be higher than usual for some, eggs are still a great value (only 17 cents apiece), and provide one of the most economical sources of high-quality protein.

For more information about AI, you can visit the Egg Safety Center as well as our Avian Influenza page. We’re also here to help answer your questions and try to clear up any misconceptions. Feel free to reach out to us via email or in the comments section.

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