The U.S. sent a sample of eggs for testing ahead of the first major shipment on Saturday. As Fred Katayama reports, the eggs will help alleviate an egg shortage due to the bird flu crisis.
South Korea is suffering from a severe egg shortage, and help is on its way. The U.S. plans to ship nearly 3 million eggs on Saturday. But it first sent this sample via air cargo so Korean authorities can test them. The Saturday shipments will mark the first time South Korea will import fresh eggs from the U.S. since 1999. The eggs will be coming just ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday season that's celebrated at month's end. Since confirming the bird flu outbreak in November, South Korea has culled more than 31 million birds. Most of those were egg-laying hens, and that caused egg prices to spike nearly 74 percent. Earlier this month, Korea cut import tariffs on egg products to zero to ease the egg shortage. In addition to the U.S., an agriculture ministry official said South Korea has finished negotiations to get some eggs from Spain.