Japan suffered the most severe bird flu in history, 11 million chickens were culled
Japan is suffering from the worst bird flu epidemic in history. The bird flu virus has been brought into Japan by migratory birds since autumn, and nearly 80 bird flu outbreaks have occurred in Japan so far.
In order to prevent and control the bird flu epidemic, the chickens in the chicken farms where the epidemic occurred were culled. The current culling number has exceeded 11 million, a record high.
Among the culled chickens, about 90% were laying hens, which further pushed up the price of eggs in Japan.
The wholesale price of eggs in the Tokyo market has risen to 315 yen per kilogram, or about 16.5 yuan, a figure that hit a new high in about 30 years. Compared with the same period last year, the price has nearly doubled.
The supply of eggs is in short supply, and some supermarkets have to take measures to limit purchases. A number of convenience store brands have also announced that they will reduce the use of eggs in products such as sandwiches, and products such as boiled eggs have even been temporarily suspended.
Relevant personnel in the industry predict that it will take about a year for the number of laying hens in Japan to recover.