Supermarket Chain Now Rationing Eggs

Fast-food breakfast hours also take a hit from egg shortage
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2015 4:52 AM CDT
Supermarket Chain Now Rationing Eggs
Jack Craig checks a carton of eggs as he picks up a few items at the Harvest Supermarket on Eighth Street in Anderson, Ind.   (AP Photo/The Herald Bulletin, Don Knight)

Supermarket chain H-E-B says it's committed to ensuring "families and households have access to eggs"—and that's why you can't buy more than three cartons at a time in its Texas stores. The chain has introduced egg rationing amid an outbreak of avian flu that has killed tens of millions of egg-laying hens, driving up the price of eggs and the many products that include them, reports the Washington Post. H-E-B says the carton limit is to "deter commercial users from buying eggs in bulk." Texas-based fast-food chain Whataburger is also struggling with the egg shortage and says it's going to cut back the hours in which it serves breakfast, the Guardian reports. It suggests diners try menu items without eggs because "we sure don't want you leaving hungry." (More avian flu stories.)

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