Mexico is running out of eggs

Mexico is running out of eggs

The country with the world’s highest per-capita egg consumption is running out of eggs, following a bird flu outbreak:

President Felipe Calderon and members of his Cabinet have announced about $227 million in emergency financing and commercial measures to restore production and replace about 11 million chickens slaughtered after a June outbreak of bird flu.

Calderon says he’s sending inspectors to stop speculation that he blames for high prices, which have about doubled in recent weeks.

Calderon said Friday that his government has already begun large-scale importation of eggs. He also said about 3 million hens were being sent to farms hit by the flu outbreak.

Mexicans do love their huevos. According to the International Egg Commission, the country’s citizens eat 321 eggs per capita per year. Americans eat 255.