The effect of inflation is visible all over the world. While vegetables, flour, rice are getting costlier, now the price of eggs in America is skyrocketing. In a year where Americans have seen their grocery store bills skyrocket.
According to the Consumer Price Index, average egg prices have increased by 49.1 percent in November 2022 compared to a year earlier. Meanwhile, an increase was also registered in all grocery items. The price rise was even higher for Grade A eggs in the above period. The price people had to pay ranged from $1.72 to $3.59 (more than double) for a dozen, according to government sources. By December 2022, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall “food inflation” was 10.4 percent.
The rise in egg prices was a big deal for consumers across the country, especially during the holiday season, as eggs figure prominently in many recipes.
Avian flu affected
A major driver behind the rise in egg prices in the US over the past year has also been the outbreak of the deadly avian flu. Nearly 58 million birds were estimated to be affected by the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A (H5) virus beginning in January 2022, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report updated on January 11, including 729 Outbreaks were reported. The year 2022 saw the deadliest outbreak of avian flu in US history.
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The reason avian flu has such a huge impact is that it is both deadly as well as highly contagious. According to US federal regulations, once flu is detected on a farm, farmers must destroy their remaining stock to prevent further spread.
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