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Egg prices continue to rise in Texas and across the country

Food prices have risen in all grocery stores, but the cost of eggs has almost reached the limit.

They doubled in price in a month.

Eggs are a hard-to-miss staple on the grocery list, so shelling out big bucks for a dozen isn’t a yoke.

J. C. Essler, executive vice president of the Texas Poultry Federation, said there are many reasons why eggs have risen in price.

“One of them is inflation, another is a supply chain problem, and also, unfortunately, we are dealing with bird flu, which is restricting supplies,” he said.

Avian influenza is a highly contagious virus that is often fatal to chickens. While Texas itself has not been hit by bird flu, more than 57 million birds in hundreds of commercial flocks have contracted it over the past year.

Essler said the market could take six months to recover from bird flu and the price of eggs is expected to rise again in March and April for Easter.

“Hopefully in the near future we will see that the demand in the resort market will continue and the price will get better,” he said.

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