Egg farm catches fire in New Zealand raising tensions of shortages

There are concerns a fire at New Zealand’s largest egg producer will worsen the country’s egg shortage. Photograph: Ezra Bailey/Getty Images

Revelations 18:23:’For the merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.’

Important Takeaways:

  • Fears of worsening egg shortage in New Zealand as fire kills 50,000 hens at farm
  • The fire at a Zeagold farm broke out on Monday morning and had “taken better part of the day to contain”, a spokesperson for the company said. Twelve workers who were on site were “unharmed but very distressed,” the spokesperson said. Work was under way to assess how many hens had died, but Zeagold estimated it to be about 75,000. The company later revised that number down to 50,000.
  • The fire may have ripple effects beyond the immediate demise of the hens, with concerns it may worsen a national scarcity of eggs.
  • The shortage has reached the point of contention: one small-town supermarket banned a cruise ship crew from further egg purchases after they cleared the shelves
  • Before the Zeagolds fire, farmers had estimated they needed to raise another 300,000 hens before the shortage abated.

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