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Egg sales rebounding after recall

By Staff | Dec 10, 2010

BROWN EGGS from chickens raised without cages are on sale at a grocery store in Urbana, Ill. Eggs sales have bounced back since the August recall but some consumers say they’ve started buying organic eggs and eggs from cage free chickens because of it.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – National egg sales have bounced back since last summer’s big recall thanks to consumer reliance on eggs and an industry campaign.

Cindy McGarrigle, of the American Egg Board, said the trade group quickly started an ad campaign and other efforts to combat news of the salmonella-related recall.

But many egg buyers, such as chef Justin Arbogast, of Champaign, Ill., said they never stopped buying.

They needed eggs for many of the foods they make.

Agricultural economist Ben Jackson, of IHS Global Insight, said the rebound of egg sales isn’t a big surprise.

Sales of other recalled products, such as lettuce and spinach, have returned to normal, too.

Consumers such as Mary Bailey of Champaign, Ill., said they remain concerned and intend to switch to organic eggs for good.

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