PORTLAND, Ore. – Wholesale egg prices are climbing in the wake of a massive egg recall, which could lead to higher prices at the supermarket.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said prices have increased markedly since Aug. 13, when the recall was first announced.

The USDA did not have a national average price available. But the price for a dozen eggs jumped around 40 percent in the New York market, selling for around 89 to 93 cents before the recall to $1.27 to $1.31 this week. In the Midwest, that prices rose from 72 to 81 cents per dozen to $1.01 to $1.10. Prices are up in other parts of the country as well during what is normally the lowest time of the year for egg prices.

Those increases likely will be passed on to consumers within the next few weeks or months, said Richard Stillman, at the Economic Research Service of the USDA.

The roughly 550 million eggs from two Iowa farms involved in the recall represent less than 1 percent of the roughly 80 billion eggs sold in their shell each year, according to the trade group United Egg Producers. But demand on other egg suppliers across the country is up as consumers continue to buy and eat them.

Eggs are OK to eat, as long as they are not on the recall list. Federal regulators say until they complete their investigation, they suggest consumers thoroughly cook eggs as an added safety measure to kill bacteria.

Americans consume about 220 million eggs a day, based on industry estimates.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.