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Egg crisis subsides, bird flu controlled

September 15, 2012

The price of eggs in Guadalajara has fallen but remains above average despite the importation of 400 tons of produce from the United States.

This week local prices varied from 33 to 38 pesos per kilo in different grocery stores, with eggs available for a more reasonable 31 pesos per kilo in the city’s Abastos wholesale market.

The outbreak of avian flu in Los Altos de Jalisco over the last three months has cost between 3.6 and 4.5 billion pesos in lost produce, sanitary measures and the culling and replacement of livestock, according to a study by the National Union of Poultry Farmers (UNA).

In total, 22.3 million birds were slaughtered in order to prevent the spread of the outbreak, Mexico’s animal health agency (Senasica) revealed this week. Repopulation efforts are underway, with the affected farms to receive 4,500 to 5,000 new birds per month.

Senasica Director Enrique Sanchez Cruz said that as of Monday 140 million vaccines have been provided to local farms and no new cases of avian influenza have been reported for 20 days.

In order to make eggs more affordable again, the UNA and the Ministry of Economic Development (SEPROE) are to deliver 200 tons of produce at subsidized prices to underprivileged neighborhoods of the Guadalajara metropolitan area over the next 90 days.

Families living in the chosen areas will be given coupons to buy boxes of 30 eggs weighing approximately 1.8 kilos at a fixed price of 45 pesos. This works out at 25 pesos per kilo. Selection of the neighborhoods began on Tuesday and distribution will begin from next Monday.

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