Egg Supply Issues: A National Concern
Breaking news: “Commercial bakers and restaurants have been hard hit by the shortage of liquid egg, made scarce because of the largest outbreak of avian influenza to ever hit the U.S.” As of this writing the situation is supposedly improving and major fast food chains like McDonald’s allege that their supply is unaffected, but other sources indicate the outbreak is still on the move, with North Carolina next on the list. The outbreak is so bad that egg prices have shot up 240 percent, the greatest spike in over sixty years – there’s even been egg rationing in some areas (Texas).
Supplies are also supposed to grow somewhat from new imports from the Netherlands, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved last week. The only other country that imports eggs to the U.S. is Canada, but officials have said they may open up trade to other countries if supplies continue to remain tight.
Sources also indicate that properly cooking infected eggs will effectively wipe out the disease and prevent the transfer to humans. Or perhaps it’s the time of year to give going vegan a try, you know – see if you like it.
Original article: http://wesa.fm/post/bakers-and-restaurants-egg-supply-getting-ugly
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