As egg costs soar, the deadliest fowl flu outbreak in US historical past drags on

Chicken eggs are disposed of at a quarantined farm in Israel's northern Moshav (village) of Margaliot on January 3, 2022.

Enlarge / Hen eggs are disposed of at a quarantined farm in Israel’s northern Moshav (village) of Margaliot on January 3, 2022. (credit score: Getty | JALAA MAREY / AFP))

The continued fowl flu outbreak within the US is now the longest and deadliest on document. Greater than 57 million birds have been killed by the virus or culled since a yr in the past, and the lethal disruption has helped propel skyrocketing egg costs and a spike in egg smuggling.

Since extremely pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N1) was first detected in US birds in January 2022, the value of a carton of a dozen eggs has shot up from a median of about $1.79 in December 2021 to $4.25 in December 2022, a 137 % improve, in line with knowledge from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Though inflation and provide chain points partly clarify the rise, eggs noticed the most important proportion improve of any particular meals, in line with the patron worth index.

And the steep pricing is main some on the US-Mexico border to attempt to smuggle in unlawful cartons, which is prohibited. A US Customs and Border Safety spokesperson advised NPR this week that folks in El Paso, Texas, are shopping for eggs in Juárez, Mexico, as a result of they’re “considerably cheaper.” In the meantime, a customs official in San Diego tweeted a reminder amid an increase in egg interceptions that failure to declare such agriculture gadgets at a port of entry may end up in penalties as much as $10,000.

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