Major hypermarket chains in northern Taiwan yesterday started receiving shipments of imported eggs, the Council of Agriculture said.
The council said that by tomorrow, 7 million imported eggs and 2.8 million locally produced eggs would be distributed to outlets of major hypermarket chains — including RT-Mart, Carrefour, PX Mart, A-Mart and Simple Mart — starting with those in Taipei and New Taipei City, where the shortage is the most severe.
Eggs remain difficult to find in supermarkets and yesterday’s deliveries sold out quickly.
Carrefour said about 8,000 boxes of imported eggs distributed to 40 stores in areas north of Changhua County had all sold out as of noon, while an additional 4,500 boxes would be available for sale at 27 outlets in areas south of Changhua today.
RT-Mart and PX Mart said they started selling imported eggs at their outlets in Taipei and New Taipei City, without disclosing how quickly the eggs sold out.
Simple Mart and A-Mart said imported eggs would be available at their stores starting today or tomorrow.
The council said an additional 30 million eggs would be imported next month and 50 million in May to make up for a daily shortage of at least 500,000 to 800,000 eggs that has persisted since the Lunar New Year holiday in late January.
Some hypermarket chains have limited the purchase of eggs to one or two boxes per person.
The council said that imported eggs must first be rinsed and graded at commercial egg processing plants before being distributed to hypermarket or supermarket chains, where they would be sold as pre-washed eggs at prices of between NT$65 and NT$99 per box.
The government is importing eggs, liquid eggs and boiled eggs from Australia, Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey and the US.
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