Egg shortage causes spike in grocery store prices

Egg shortage causes spike in grocery store prices

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The national egg shortage has affected some restaurants in Louisiana, but agricultural experts say not for long.

Louisiana Agricultural and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain says an avian flu virus, which originated in Asian, but now has made its way to America, has killed millions of egg-laying chickens. The hit has caused many suppliers to go up on their egg prices. However, Strain says agricultural officials are taking steps to contain the situation and get it under control

"We've seen the peak of the disease, and now we are starting to see it weaning off," said Strain. "We think that we have a better idea and understanding of how this occurred and we are developing a vaccine."

Emily Sciortino is the general manger at Another Broken Egg restaurant located in the Citiplace Plaza. The restaurant's specialty is breakfast, particularly eggs. Sciortino said they have seen already seen the rise in prices.

"For a whole egg, the cost has doubled," said Sciortino. "For liquid eggs, the cost has gone up from $40 to $46."

Other than paying a little more at the store, Thersia Lavernge with the LSU AG Center said people shouldn't be worried about catching the virus.

"If there even was the slightest chance the influenza was present in an egg that was bought by a consumer, the virus will be killed by the heat of
cooking," said Lavernge.

Agricultural experts say the egg shortage should last three to six months. 

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