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Some UK supermarkets began rationing customers’ egg purchases after supplies were cut short by bird flu.

Britain faces its biggest bird flu outbreak and sees a rapid rise in cases on commercial farms, impacting egg supplies and also raising fears of shortages of turkeys and chickens for the Christmas table.

Asda, Britain’s third-largest grocer after market leader Tesco and Sainsbury’s, is limiting customers to two cartons of eggs.

“While bird flu has disrupted supplies of certain egg ranges, retailers are experts in managing supply chains and are working hard to minimize the impact on customers,” said Andrew Opie, director food and sustainability at the British Retail Consortium which represents British supermarkets. .

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“Some stores have introduced temporary limits on the number of boxes customers can purchase to ensure availability for everyone,” he added.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said it was ‘experiencing egg supply issues’.

The spokesperson said the group had not introduced purchase limits but had to temporarily source eggs from Italy.

Free-range eggs are seen in a bowl in London, Britain, July 20, 2018.
(Reuters/Hannah McKay)

The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) said the rising cost of egg production since Russia invaded Ukraine was another factor affecting supply.

“Farmers are essentially losing money because the price paid at the supermarket is not passed on to the farmers’ supply chain,” a BFREPA spokesperson said.

“So a lot of them are losing a significant amount of money and can no longer afford to produce eggs,” they said, noting that the industry has lost 743,350 layers this season.

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Last week, the UK’s chief veterinarian, Christine Middlemiss, downplayed the threat bird flu poses to Christmas poultry supplies.

She told BBC radio that Britain slaughters around 1 billion birds a year, while so far in the current outbreak 2.3 million birds have died or been culled, so a small number in terms of overall annual production.