The cost of eggs is shooting through the roof again for this horrible reason

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There is no doubt that food costs are skyrocketing thanks to Biden inflation.

But we can’t blame the price increase of this popular breakfast food on Washington alone.

Now the price of eggs is going through the roof again because the top producer is shutting down for a horrible reason.

Major egg producer shuts down over bird flu

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. is one of the largest producers of fresh eggs in the U.S., and now, the company says that it had to temporarily close one of its facilities in Texas after the avian influenza, also known as H5N1 bird flu, killed almost two million birds.

One of the company’s facilities in Parmer County, TX “tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza, resulting in depopulation of approximately 1.6 million laying hens and 337,000 pullets (young hens), or approximately 3.6% of the Company’s total flock as of March 2, 2024,” said the company.

“Production at the facility has temporarily ceased as the Company follows the protocols prescribed by the USDA,” but it noted that there is “no known risk related to HPAI associated with eggs that are currently in the market and no eggs have been recalled.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced less than 24 hours prior to the closure announcement that a person in Texas tested positive for the bird flu after coming into close contact with dairy cattle a week after some sick cattle tested positive for the virus in Texas and Kansas.

“This person had exposure to dairy cattle in Texas presumed to be infected with HPAI (H5N1) viruses. The patient reported eye redness (consistent with conjunctivitis), as their only symptom, and is recovering,” they said in a statement.

“The patient was told to isolate and is being treated with an antiviral drug for flu,” the statement continued.

This is the second case of a human testing positive for H5N1 in the U.S. after a separate case was found in Colorado in 2022, according to the CDC.

No threat to the general public

The CDC made it clear that this particular infection “does not change the H5N1 bird flu human health risk assessment for the U.S. general public, which CDC considers to be low.”

“However, people with close or prolonged, unprotected exposure to infected birds or other animals (including livestock), or to environments contaminated by infected birds or other animals, are at greater risk of infection,” they said.

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. is headquartered in Ridgeland, Mississippi, and is the largest producer and distributor of fresh eggs in the nation.

It sells most of its eggs in the Southwest, Southeast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions.

According to the company, it “remains dedicated to robust biosecurity programs across its locations, however, no farm is immune from HPAI. HPAI is still present in the wild bird population and the extent of possible future outbreaks, with heightened risk during the migration seasons cannot be predicted.”

The company added that it is coordinating closely with “federal, state, and local government officials and focused industry groups to mitigate the risk of future outbreaks and effectively manage the response.”

Informed American will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.