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The price increase and bird flu caused an "egg shortage" in the UK

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Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, November 18. Affected by various factors such as bird flu and rising prices, the supply of eggs in the UK is tight, which affects retailers and the catering industry. Buying eggs has become a problem for the British people. Some media said that many British people may not have eggs for breakfast this week.

The British "Times" reported on the 16th that many large supermarket chains in the UK are currently in shortage of eggs. The supermarket chain Sainsbury’s issued an apology to consumers due to the shortage of fresh eggs in some stores; Asda supermarket requires each customer to buy no more than two boxes of eggs; Lidl, a German parity supermarket chain operating in the UK, also has stores Requirements, each consumer shall not purchase more than 3 servings of eggs.

Pub chain Wetherspoons is now dropping eggs for breakfast, replacing them with hash browns, onion rings and crisps. According to a spokesperson for the brand, the Wetherspoons are not alone in the egg shortage and "other foodservice businesses and supermarkets are facing similar issues".

The data showed that egg production in the UK fell by 9.6% month-on-month in the third quarter for several reasons.

According to Reuters, the United Kingdom is currently facing the largest bird flu outbreak on record, with the number of cases rising rapidly on commercial farms and about 1 million hens have been culled, affecting egg supplies. There are even fears that there will be a lack of turkeys and chickens on the Christmas table in the near future.

The British Free-Range Egg Producers Association believes that due to the impact of the situation in Ukraine, the cost of raising chickens in the UK continues to rise. At this stage, the production cost of a dozen eggs is about a quarter higher than that of five years ago, which also affects the supply of eggs. A spokesman for the association said that while supermarket egg prices had risen, "the price consumers paid at the supermarket was not being passed back down the supply chain to farmers". Farmers are "essentially losing money", causing one-third of farmers to reduce production, stop production or even quit the industry.

In addition, many large supermarkets in the UK have previously promised to stop selling eggs laid by caged hens from 2025, which has also "dissuaded" many farmers to a certain extent.

According to media reports, the price of eggs will continue to rise due to insufficient supply, which means that the UK may have to import more eggs. Around 10 to 15 per cent of the eggs consumed in the UK currently come from overseas. (Wang Xinfang)

(Editors in charge: Su Yingxiang, Yang Mu)

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