Increase in Egg Smuggling Across the US-Mexico Border


The US border agents are seizing increasing quantities of eggs smuggled from Mexico to USA. Egg prices in USA have more than doubled in 2022, driven in part by an outbreak of avian influenza. Between 1 November 2022 and 17 January 2023, the border agents report over 2000 "encounters" with people trying to bring shell eggs into the US from Mexico, which is prohibited under US law. An outbreak of avian influenza has caused the loss of 57 million birds (mainly chickens and turkeys) in the US.

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