NFU calls for Defra investigation into the egg supply chain

Eggs on a production line

Following increased pressure on poultry producers, we've called for an urgent investigation into the supply chain disruption which producers and UK consumers have been experiencing.

We have been working with the government, retailers and food businesses to highlight the enormous challenges producers in the poultry sector have been facing – ranging from increased input costs, AI (Avian Influenza), and the war in Ukraine.

These pressures have continued to build, meaning a combination of constrained supply and higher demand has led to issues around availability of eggs in some stores for some retailers.

Since 2019, the cost of feed raw materials has risen by 90% under the NFU feed raw material index - this is before energy-intensive manufacturing costs are factored in.

By comparison, egg prices as measured by Defra have only increased by 35%.

Producers’ livelihoods under threat

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