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US Bird Flu Outbreak Is Making Eggs More Expensive

A Grocery Store As U.S. Inflation-Adjusted Consumer Spending Unexpectedly Rose In March
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Production of eggs in the US plummeted in April as millions of hens were killed during one of the worst-ever outbreaks of avian influenza, signaling that retail egg prices will stay high after a surge of about 40% this year.

Table egg production declined 3.9% to 7.55 billion, while the number of egg-laying birds fell 5.3% from a year ago, a US Department of Agriculture report showed Friday. Both are the lowest levels since 2015, the last time the poultry industry was hit with a major bird flu outbreak.