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Worst outbreak of bird flu in US history “could drive up egg prices”

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Worst poultry outbreak in US history this yearinfluenzaEpidemicMore than 50 million birds died or were culled from the disease, which could set a new recordeggThe tight supply has led to a spurt in egg prices, which were up 43 per cent year-on-year in October.

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According to data released by the US Department of Agriculture on the 24th, bird flu has killed 50.54 million poultry in the United States this year, surpassing the record of 50.5 million in 2015, making it the deadliest bird flu pandemic in US history. has been made.

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The bird flu outbreak began in February and has infected poultry and non-poultry birds in 46 states, according to Agriculture Department data. Birds usually die after becoming infected with bird flu, and authorities will kill them if cases are found. Entire flocks, which can be more than 1 million chickens, on layer farms to prevent the spread of the disease.

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The deaths of so many birds have also pushed egg and turkey prices to record highs, exacerbated inflationary pain for consumers and raised the cost of Americans celebrating Thanksgiving.

According to the Outlook report compiled by the Ministry of Agriculture based on the October Consumer Price Index (CPI) data, egg prices rose 43% in October compared to the same period last year and more so when compared to September. more than 10%. Among various food categories, the annual and monthly increase in egg prices is the largest.

Industry publication publisher Urner Barry Egg Market Reporter Rispoli said the recent outbreak of bird flu in the United States has hit the poultry industry hard. Meanwhile, American consumers are stockpiling eggs for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Europe and Britain are also facing the worst bird flu outbreak ever. Some UK supermarkets are limiting the number of eggs consumers can buy after the egg supply was disrupted.


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