“The purchase of eggs is limited to 3 cartons of eggs per customer.” this sinister sign appeared throughout Texas.
For the older genertion, those who witnessed the tragic war years, the memory of food rationing may remind them of the difficulty of obtaining the food they’d like very much to eat and one them were eggs.
Now the same thing is happening again but this time the limitation is only confined, thankfully, to eggs alone.
In this connection, the H-E-B that operates around 350 supermarkets, and is one of the largest chains in the state as well as in the whole country has begun putting up foreboding notices that says customers are only allowed to buy a limited number of eggs.
“The United States is facing a temporary disruption in the supply of eggs due to the Avian Flu,” a statement that was on Tuesday released said. “H-E-B is committed to ensuring Texas families and households have access to eggs. The signs placed on our shelves last week are to deter commercial users from buying eggs in bulk.”
The news follows what was a devastating several months for US egg farmers. Avian flu has spread its reach throughout the United States like a flash. Since April, avian flu cases spread by the thousands every week, with the virus escalating in becoming a national crisis.
Some 46M turkeys and chickens were affected, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said and about 80% of those affected were egg-laying hens, a grim reality bent to cripple the egg industry.
Producers of eggs aren’t the ones who will suffer, but the consumers will pay a price too.
The wholesale price of eggs vended in liquid form or egg beaters has skyrocketed, from $0.63/ dozen to $1.50 more, since the spread of the virus. While it affects the prices of bread, cake, pasta, and other confection made with eggs, it bodes poorly also for food service providers, like McDonald’s, which sell millions of “egg” meals each morning.
“We know this is no fun for anyone and hope this doesn’t last long, and we apologize the supply of eggs cannot currently meet demand,” the company said on its Facebook page.