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Americans Smuggle Eggs from Mexico Amid Soaring Prices due to Bird Flu and Rising Costs.

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Well well well, it looks like the price of eggs has flown the coop and Americans are feeling the pinch! Who would have thought that a little bird flu and a few extra bucks for feed, fuel, and labor would result in egg prices more than doubling in just a year? It’s enough to make a chicken cross the road to Mexico!

The Price of Eggs in 2023

Grocery shopping has become quite the adventure, with shoppers doing double-takes at the $4.25 average price for a dozen eggs, up from a measly $1.78 a year ago. But why settle for just one dozen eggs when you can have a whole carton for the same price? The eggs I buy are running $8.99; I always buy organic free range, but this HURTS.

US Citizens Smuggling Eggs From Mexico 

And, as if that weren’t enough, customs data shows that the number of eggs being smuggled across the US-Mexico border has gone through the roof. The El Paso, Texas field office saw a 91 percent increase, Laredo, Texas saw a 301 percent increase, Tucson, Arizona saw a 333 percent increase, and San Diego, California saw a 368 percent increase compared to the same period the previous year. It’s enough to make you crack up, in a bad way!

CBP Supervisory Agricultural Officer Charles Payne talks about egg seizures at Paso del Norte port of entry. (Border Report)

 

CBP Supervisory Agricultural Officer Charles Payne talks about egg seizures at Paso del Norte port of entry. (Border Report)

 

What would Walter White do?

Hold on to your egg cartons, folks! Bringing eggs back into the US from Mexico is a big no-no, and it looks like the border patrol is cracking down on these egg-smuggling operations.

Turns out, many travelers are tempted by the lower prices of Mexican eggs and end up bringing back cartons of 30 for their own personal use. But little do they know, some agricultural products, including raw eggs, are not allowed in the US due to the risk of spreading diseases like Newcastle Disease and avian flu.

Some Californian, Texan, and Arizonan residents near the border love to do their grocery shopping in Mexican stores, but when it comes to eggs, it’s better to leave them south of the border.

In most cases, travelers are just blissfully unaware of these restrictions and get their eggs confiscated after declaring them to inspectors. No fines, just a sad goodbye to those yummy Mexican eggs. But beware, there have been instances of egg-smuggling gone wrong, where the eggs were undeclared and travelers were hit with penalties. So, think twice before going all “Breaking Bad” for some cheap eggs!

Food Processing Plants Burning Down

The recent rise in food prices is not the only problem for consumers in the US. There has been a mysterious increase in fires in food processing facilities across the nation in recent years, with even more in the last six months. In February 2022, Shearer’s Food Processing Plant in Hermiston, Oregon burned down and in April 2022, Taylor Farms Food Processing Plant in Salinas, California and Azure Standard Food Processing Plant in Dufur, Oregon also burned.

In March, a massive fire wiped out a Walmart fulfillment center in Plainfield, Indiana and in April, a fire at New Hampshire’s East Conway Beef and Pork. At least 16 such disasters have taken place at food processing facilities nationwide, most of which have shown no foul play after investigation, but it presents a curious string of events across the country that is beginning to raise eyebrows. People are starting to ask questions, as these fires are threatening an already stressed supply chain of food in the US.

100,000 Hens Parish in Egg Producer Fire

Suddenly, a fire at Hillandale Farms, one of the largest commercial egg producers in the country, causes the death of thousands of hens. The fire burned a coop measuring 50 by 400 feet on Saturday, and the authorities suspect that around 100,000 birds perished.

But, the cause of the fire remains unknown. As people struggle with the rising prices of eggs, egg producers are also grappling with the worst HPAI outbreak in the history of the US. Isn’t it a little too convenient that a massive fire breaks out in one of the country’s largest egg producers right when the prices of eggs are skyrocketing and the HPAI outbreak is at its worst? The cause of the fire is yet to be determined but I am definitely not ruling out foul play.

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