Avian flu in N. America affects egg prices

A widespread outbreak of avian influenza in the United States and Canada, with more than 40 million birds affected, is causing an increase in egg prices in Cayman and could mean a short supply of chicken and turkey soon, according to Foster’s Food Fair.

In a press release on Friday, a Foster’s representative said, “Unfortunately, we have seen price increases in eggs at all of our Foster’s Food Fair-IGA, Priced Right and Bay Market locations. We expect to see another price increase next week.”

Significant impact

Foster’s said the price impact will be “significant” but did not say how much the cost for a dozen eggs is expected to rise. Other stores in Cayman sourcing eggs from North America will likely see similar price increases.

The U.S. media is widely reporting an 80 percent increase there in the wholesale price for eggs.

The local grocery store chain said it could see an impact on the chicken and turkey supply as well in the coming weeks.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that farms in the Midwest have been hardest hit, leading to fewer laying hens and a shortage of eggs.

Recent press releases from the U.S. Department of Agriculture state that properly prepared chicken and eggs are safe to eat.