Companies Look for Egg Replacements During Avian Flu Outbreak

Companies Look for Egg Replacements During Avian Flu Outbreak

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Christine Gallary
May 28, 2015
(Image credit: Emma Christensen)

An outbreak of avian flu has hit egg-laying hens especially hard. Since many of these eggs are used by fast food restaurants and are one of the key ingredients in many other food-producing businesses, these companies have had to start looking for egg alternatives, including plant-based egg substitutes.

This shortage also means that some companies will stop making some of their egg-based products or increase prices to cover the costs of buying eggs from other sources. The USDA says that egg prices in general are rising — have you noticed any price fluctuations lately in the grocery store?

Read more: Food Companies Fear Bird Flu May Cause Egg Shortages from The New York Times

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