Feb 1, 2023 - Economy

Egg prices are down 40% from avian flu-induced highs

Data: FactSet, USDA; Chart: Axios Visuals
Data: FactSet, USDA; Chart: Axios Visuals

The avian flu-related surge in egg prices is ebbing — but the protein is still pricey.

State of play: Weekly egg price information from the United States Department of Agriculture shows the average price of a dozen eggs is down more than 40% from its December peak of about $5.30. A dozen eggs now cost just over $3.

  • Context: An outbreak of avian influenza in the U.S. this year prompted the culling of more than 50 million birds, disrupting egg supplies.

Yes, but: Despite the recent drop in USDA prices — which are based on sales to large buyers — prices are still more than triple what they were two years ago.

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