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The Bay Area is struggling to find elusive eggs as bird flu cuts supplies


San Francisco’s Joe Warne took one look at the empty shelves Saturday and almost cried, “No fucking eggs!”

Not at the Safeway on Monterey Boulevard where Warne had hoped to find them, nor at the Trader Joe’s on nearby Winston Drive.

“This is crazy!” Megan Berry said as she stared at the barren counters at Trader Joe’s where the eggs should have been. She was hoping to stock up after returning from a trip to Missouri and Florida for the holidays. But what lay before her were just a few open cartons, stained with cracked contents.

In fact, customers across California are struggling to find eggs, and the problem has worsened over the past week. It’s like they’ve all been caught.

Megan Berry of San Francisco was hoping to stock up on eggs at the Trader Joe’s on Winston Dr. He had no such luck.

Nanette Asimov

“Due to the nationwide egg shortage and to support all customers, we are limiting egg purchases to 2 cartons per customer,” said a statement at the Whole Foods on 20th Avenue in San Francisco. The store had cartons for sale, but the shelves looked like an incomplete omelet with empty spots.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly every state was affected by at least one bird flu outbreak during the year, with hundreds of cases affecting nearly 58 million wild and domestic birds.

Representatives for Whole Foods, Safeway and Trader Joe’s did not respond to requests for comment Saturday.

In San Francisco, a Trader Joe’s customer named Tom stared at shelves as empty as a chicken coop during a meal. A reporter said bird flu was the obvious cause of the missing eggs, but Tom called that an exaggeration.


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