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Supply & price of eggs expected to be impacted by ongoing bird flu

There are currently 56 reported cases of bird flu in the Western Cape six more than was recorded the previous week.

FILE: Eggs are considered to be low in carbs and can form part of a ketogenic diet. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN – The supply and price of eggs is expected to be impacted as a result of the ongoing bird flu outbreak.

There are currently 56 reported cases of bird flu in the Western Cape six more than was recorded the previous week.

The vast majority of birds that have been culled are layer hens.

Earlier this week, the SA Poultry Association announced egg production tumbled by 17% and over a thousand workers have lost their jobs in the wake of the outbreak.

Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde says, “We’ve 2.6 million of the 2.7 million are layer hens which is for the egg market, so we’re sitting at 63% loss in that market.

“I think that has obvious consequences to the supply of eggs into the system. We’ll see inflation with egg pricing and of course availability.”