Cub Foods blames bird flu for in-store egg shortage

Cub Foods blames bird flu for in-store egg shortage

Cub Foods is experiencing an egg shortage, and the grocer says bird flu is to blame. They're telling shoppers not to panic, though -- there will be more eggs next week.

SuperValu Inc., based in Eden Prairie, Minn. owns Cub Foods, and said that new suppliers will help refill the inventory by next week.

"Consumers should not be concerned about a possible egg shortage. Due to some disruption in the local supply chain for shell eggs, we faced temporary delays in receiving eggs while changing a supplier this week. We may see some variation over the next few days in available egg sizes; however, we are continuing to receive daily egg shipments and expect to be back to a more normal supply of eggs by this weekend or early next week," SuperValu said in an email statement.

Thus far, the outbreak has claimed the lives of nearly 5.6 birds and has affected 84 farms in 21 counties in Minnesota. Of the 84 poultry flocks in Minnesota, 3 are chicken farms. About 15 million egg-laying hens have been wiped out in Iowa and 1.6 million in Minnesota.

The bird flu was also pinned responsible for 233 layoffs at the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Faribault. The temporary layoffs will take effect May 26.

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