The Store Manager of Winn-Dixie, Josh Williamson said that the store has increased the price of a dozen eggs by 80 cents.
Williamson said, “We did go up this past weekend from $1.99 to $2.79, it’s a big increase.”
As the outbreak started spreading in mid-May egg prices also started increasing.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 infections have been reported in U.S. domestic poultry, which includes backyard and domestic flocks, captive wild birds and wild birds.
According to CDC, no human infection with these viruses has been detected.
The bird flu detections began in December 2014 and have continued to date. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that H5 bird flu virus detections are in 21 states, 15 of which have outbreaks in domestic poultry or captive birds. Six states have H5 detections in wild birds only.
According to reports, some 47 million chickens and turkeys have been killed, and U.S. companies will soon be importing eggs from Europe because of shortage.
Pic N Say Assistant Store Manger Will Delano said the price for a dozen eggs has increased by $1.50 in the last couple of weeks.
Delano said, “I know it’s affecting chicken houses, but don’t know where.”
The eggs cost $2.75 for a dozen medium sized eggs and $3.05 for large sized eggs.
As far as customer feedback, Williamson said he’s had some call in just see if any eggs have been recalled.
He said, “We haven’t had any issues.”
Delano said he hasn’t had any customers complaining about the egg prices, adding that they might if the price continues to rise.
Sabrina Kelley, the store manager at Cost Plus in Andalusia, said the prices of eggs haven’t increased at her store.
She said, “As of right now, we haven’t, we’re looking for that to happen.”
At the Farmer’s IGA in Opp, the price of eggs is $2.99 for a dozen of large eggs.
A dozen of large eggs at the Piggly Wiggly in Florida is $3.50.