Everything You Need To Know About The 2021 Egg Shortage

Consumers who live in Massachusetts recently had to come to terms with an impending egg shortage. According to WCVB, voters helped pass a new law that guaranteed hen enclosures measure at least 1.5 feet in space, and eggs from hens that live in smaller spaces can't be sold. This new law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2022, also applies to eggs imported from other states. Unless the language of the law changes, you can expect to see far fewer eggs on grocery store shelves in this state.

The Boston Globe reports that about 90% of egg imports to the state can't hit shelves, due to the fact that these eggs come from chickens who live in enclosures smaller than 1.5 square feet. This particular law passed in 2016, and businesses have had 6 years to upgrade their facilities to accommodate the change. Experts believe that the demand for this ingredient will greatly surpass the supply, and customers across the state should brace for massive shortages as lawmakers continue to discuss language amendments to this law.

Tough times for egg fans in Massachusetts

According to The Boston Globe, this egg shortage should only affect anyone living in Massachusetts. The issue stems from a new animal rights law, as opposed to a supply chain issue, so customers across the rest of the U.S. shouldn't see any particular changes. Spectrum News 1 that while the state hasn't properly braced for the incoming shortage, state hatcheries have properly updated their facilities and have increased the living spaces for up to 400,000 hens. While the local hatcheries have prepared for the change, the state's egg consumption lies on its imports. The new law, in its current state, spells disaster for anyone looking to get their hands on this ingredient anytime soon.

If you love eggs and find yourself in Massachusetts, make sure to stock up while you can. In the coming weeks, you can expect a state-wide egg shortage that will reach every corner of the area. If you live outside of the state, have no fear — you can continue to buy eggs with confidence. The only way lawmakers can avoid a local shortage is by changing the language of the law to extend the date at which the new provisions take effect, or changing how the 1.5 square feet of space is measured. In the meantime, get your eggs while you can.