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Unrelenting Bird Flu Spread Sparks Egg Shortages in South Korea

  • Prices have soared as more than 25 million birds are culled
  • Country is boosting supply from overseas by removing tariffs
Egg Prices Rise 40 Percent After Major Salmonella Outbreak
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A mom-and-pop bakery in South Korea’s capital is bustling even during the pandemic as customers look to buy its famous pecan pie or cheese tart. But the owners of the store are worried because they’re running out of a key ingredient: eggs.

“We go on a daily hunt to find as many eggs as possible despite the price surge because we can’t bake anything without eggs,” said Kim Jeong-uk, who’s been helping his wife run the store since its opening three years ago. “We need about 150 eggs a day and we’re having trouble getting the amount we need.”