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WC consumers to pay more for chicken, eggs due to bird flu

While some supermarket shelves aren’t completely bare, the egg price has increased by a few rands.

Picture: freeimages.com.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape consumers will be shelling out more for eggs and chicken for a while longer as avian influenza has crippled the industry.

Almost 3 million birds have been culled or are in the process of being culled due to 56 cases affecting mainly egg-laying chickens in the Province.

While some supermarket shelves aren’t completely bare, the egg price has increased by a few rands.

Western Cape Economic Opportunities MEC Alan Winde says consumers have no reason to worry about the quality.

He’s assuring the public there aren’t any health risks associated with chicken on the shelves.

“Chicken meat on the market is not affected because as soon as the farms pick up the virus then more tests are done.”

There are currently 56 reported cases of bird flu in the Western Cape, six more than had been reported earlier this month.