EL PASO, TX – Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in El Paso, Texas has reported an increase in the number of egg seizures in the last week, according to CBP Director Hector Mancha.
CBP reiterated to travelers that raw eggs and poultry are prohibited from entering the United States, and asked users of international bridges to avoid delays, fines and penalties by declaring all agricultural products purchased abroad.
The increase in the number of egg seizures was announced after users on social networks reported a shortage of this product and a considerable price increase in different supermarkets in the city of El Paso.
According to consumers, the price of eggs in the border city exceeded $7.99 per dozen in stores.
After the U.S. government reported inflation data for December, consumers’ attention was focused on the fact that prices were slightly lower than in November. However, the Bureau of Labor Statistics report included one piece of information that went relatively unnoticed by many, and that was that the price of eggs was beginning to skyrocket.
According to the Labor Department report: the egg price index rose 11.1 percent in December. What’s more, a recent USDA egg market report notes that the price per dozen reached $4.24 national average, up 238 percent from $1.79 in December 2021.
The explanation for this price escalation lies in the precipitous drop in supply caused by the avian flu epidemic.
CBP reported that the fine for crossing unpermitted foods such as eggs can reach $300. Penalties can be higher for repeat offenders or commercial-sized imports.
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