As if Inflation wasn’t bad enough in 2023, thanks to a little economic timebomb left to us that consume eggs by the 2019 Oregon legislature we can realistically expect to pay twice what we paid just a week ago for Large and Extra Large eggs (that is if we can find any).
SB 1019 outlawed the sale of eggs from any egg producer with over 3000 birds that employed cages in their production.
The bill gave egg producers until 2024 to make the change.
At the time of the passing of the legislation, according to the United Egg Producers approximately 85 percent of all eggs produced in America were cage laid.
Well it’s now January 2024 and that little bomb just exploded in our faces.
Store shelves in Lincoln City and Newport are nearly empty of large and extra large eggs.
A quick survey showed Safeway with no eggs, Grocery Outlet had a good supply of the now required cage free eggs but none larger than medium grade.
McKays showed a dwindling supply with their 60 count packs now almost double in price from last week at $22.99 each.
According to one grocer who asked not to be identified, “We can’t get any large or extra Large eggs right now and when we do they will be at least twice the price they were a week or two ago.”
Voting Yes for SB1019 from Lincoln County:
Senate: Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay, District 5)
House: David Gomberg (D-Otis, District 10)
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