At grocery stores, some shelves are empty. On construction sites, products are on back order with waiting times that may range from weeks to months. And recalls are making additional items scarce.
Persistent supply chain issues and inflation are causing some things American shoppers buy to become more expensive and harder to find. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in the year ending in March, food prices rose 8.8 percent, which is the largest one-year increase since 1981.
Here’s a look at some of the items that are most difficult to find right now:
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A massive bird flu wave has infected almost 27 million chickens across the United States, forcing farmers to destroy all infected and exposed birds to stop the spread of the virus. Egg-producing chickens have been hit especially hard by the avian influenza virus, which caused egg prices to skyrocket.
Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that egg prices nearly tripled over the last five months, moving from around $1 a dozen in November to approximately $2.95 in recent weeks.
“Egg farmers are working with each other and with customers to minimize any supply disruptions and quickly resolve them,” says Marc Dresner, director of integrated communications at the American Egg Board. Dresner says the current avian outbreak is less severe than the last major one, which struck U.S. chickens in 2015.
Egg prices continue to rise with little reprieve in sight. Twenty-seven states have detected the virus, which has infected about 6 percent of the nation’s egg-laying hens, according to Dresner.