Spike in Egg Smuggling Attempts as Prices Remain Elevated

As Americans continue to cluck over the high price of eggs, there’s been a spike in attempts to illegally smuggle the kitchen staple into the country over the U.S.-Mexico border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

From December 2021 to December 2022, egg prices increased by 60%, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) attributes to avian flu. The disease affected hens throughout last year, resulting in 29% fewer eggs available during the last week of December than at the beginning of the year.

According to the USDA, more than 43 million chickens were lost in 2022.

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