One supermarket chain warned that if the public reacts to reports of a possible lockdown by buying an extra carton of eggs while shopping, a shortage would result within a week or two.
Israel may suffer from an egg shortage in the coming weeks and during the High Holy Days and Sukkot, egg providers and supermarket chains warned, raising fears of a repeat of the severe egg shortage that occurred during the Passover holiday.
Retailers began expressing concerns after the Agriculture Ministry announced on Thursday that egg imports would be subject to an import quota of 20 million eggs ahead of the Jewish holidays that take place in the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which begins in early September, according to Israel Hayom.
"An examination conducted by the professionals in the ministry with the manufacturers, marketers and retail chains, shows that at this stage the market is balanced with eggs, and there are slight surpluses in some of the markets," the Agriculture Ministry announced.
Retailers stressed that the ministry's announcement didn't show the whole picture, as a 20% rise in egg demand has been recorded in the past two weeks compared to in June.
"There were egg surpluses after Passover, but those are finished," said one large supermarket chain to Israel Hayom. "At the moment there is a situation of uncertainty and almost every day there are reports of a possible lockdown." Read more at JPost