Poultry prices from Mass. continue to increase after the spread of the avian flu

CANTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — It’s not just fuel, poultry prices in some Commonwealth grocery stores are doubling as a result of the spread of bird flu and the war in Ukraine.

Staff at Canton’s Main Course Market say the same case of chicken that sold for $63 in March now costs more than $150 at the store.

“We had our clock cleaned in the first quarter. Once it got over $100, it kept going,” store employee Bob said. Customers are also noticing the price increase, attributing it to inflation, which Bob says is hard to understand.

The higher price for chicken has had a ripple effect, as Bob says he’s had to increase the cost to customers of items like beef and fish just to compensate and pay the bills.

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Highly pathogenic bird flu was detected in wild birds in Massachusetts in early March and state officials are asking bird owners to protect their flocks from the fast-spreading disease. Among the state’s recommendations, officials said owners should keep domestic birds away from all migratory birds, which may be natural carriers.

As for birds in grocery stores, Bob says he would like to lower his prices soon.

“I risk losing the whole company, and 21 jobs that would go with it. Bird flu makes that impossible,” Bob said.

WBZ’s Chris Fama (@CFamaWBZ) reports.

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