Because of the avian influenza epidemic that has hit over 43 million birds since December, the price of eggs is going up. In some places, consumers are seeing a 70 percent increase!
According to the LA Times, the wholesale price of a dozen eggs in California has gone up 71 percent since April 22. While the cost of eggs here in the Raleigh area has not increased as much, the egg market is national, and we will likely see the increases soon.
Fortunately, in the last couple weeks, we have seen egg sales as low as $1.25 a dozen, which is a very good price. This week, Walgreens has eggs on sale for $1.29 per dozen through June 20. The regular price of store-brand eggs currently runs in the $2.29 per dozen range including Harris Teeter and Walmart eggs and Better Valu eggs at Lowes Foods.
Because eggs are used in so many products, there will likely be increases in the cost of products that use eggs including baked goods, mayonnaise, frozen egg and biscuit sandwiches and more.
According to the article, it will be six months to more than a year before infected farms are disinfected, approved by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and producing eggs once again.
How often do you eat eggs each week? Do you think you will decrease your egg consumption because of rising prices?