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Exceptionally High Egg Imports During First Six Months of 2013

20 August 2013

MEXICO - During January to June 2013, Mexico's imports of eggs rose 464 per cent. Before the successive outbreaks of H7N3 avian influenza, the country was self-sufficient in egg production.

According to NSS Oaxaca, the figure is unprecedented in the history of Mexico's egg imports since even before the outbreak of avian influenza in mid-2012, the country was self-sufficient in egg production, which is the main source of protein for the population.

Egg purchases from abroad totaled just $20.4 million in 2000, that is, a quarter of that purchased between January and June this year.

Imports of fresh egg powder for industrial use in the first six months of this year exceeded the total amount imported throughout 2012, where the amount was 64 million.

Federal authorities have confirmed that avian influenza outbreaks in Guanajuato have occurred since February to May in Puebla (vaccines had to be introduced in 12 states). However, according to them, this has affected neither the national flock of hens and egg production nor their prices.

A point to be noted is that May was the month had the highest egg imports in the last year where the figures stood at $31.5 million, nearly double the $16.2 million that were purchased abroad in September last year - a record until then.

Figures from the Bank of Mexico show that Mexico paid a monthly average of 15.3 million dollars for egg imports between January and June this year, which is five times the monthly purchase of $2.8 million in the same period of 2012 and is ten times the monthly $600,000 million disbursed in 2000. 

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