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Egg Supplies Disrupted in Tasmania after Bird Flu Hits Mainland Farms

24 December 2013

AUSTRALIA - More than 450,000 chickens were destroyed on the mainland earlier this month after an outbreak of bird flu, squeezing the national egg supply.

Some Hobart supermarkets ran out of eggs yesterday, but stocks have been replenished today, ABC News reports.

The president of the Tasmanian Commercial Egg Producers Association, John Groenewold, says the shortage has placed a lot of pressure on local egg producers.

"They've been demanding huge increases in eggs, and obviously you can't turn around and say, it's Christmas time, give me a lot more eggs and I'll give you next week off," he said.

"I would be surprised if anyone has any eggs in stock in any cool room in any egg farm in Tasmania."

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