Mexican Consumers Facing Egg Shortage
Washington--Mexican consumers, who eat the most eggs per person each year compared to all other nations, are facing a chicken egg shortage.
Hoarding, price spikes and two-hour waits to buy eggs have been reported. Some retailers are limiting the number of cartons of eggs a person may buy per day. A deadly outbreak of bird flu in June in the state of Jalisco led to the slaughter of 11 million chickens to prevent the spread of disease. This drastic reduction in the population of laying hens led to the current egg shortage.
The retail price of eggs in Mexico has doubled, from approximately $1.50 for 16 eggs to $3. U.S. egg exporters have stepped up shipments to Mexico in recent weeks, which should help the situation.