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Ministry caps table egg prices

By JT - Jan 26,2017 - Last updated at Jan 26,2017

A carton of table eggs weighing 2.1kg or more should not be sold at more than JD2.80 to consumers, according to the latest regulations (File photo)

AMMAN — Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Yarub Qudah on Thursday decided to set a maximum price for table eggs with immediate effect, due to large differences between farm prices and prices for consumers.

The decision was made after a meeting between Qudah and members of the poultry union, farmers, egg distributors and merchants, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

Earlier this month, consumers called for a boycott of table eggs after recent price hikes, while poultry farm owners and Ministry of Agriculture officials said that rising costs were due to a “drop in production” this season.

The price limits for table eggs exclude the packaging cost at factories, which was set at JD0.15.

A carton of table eggs weighing 2.1kg or more should not be sold by farmers at more than JD2.38, while the price after distribution should not exceed JD2.55 and should not be more than JD2.80 for consumers.

The price of a 2kg carton should not exceed JD2.29, with the price after distribution capped at JD2.45 and the price for consumers limited to JD2.70.

Poultry farms should not sell the 1.8kg carton for more than JD2.08, with the price after distribution not exceeding JD2.30, and consumers should not pay more than JD2.55.

A 1.7kg carton should not be sold for more than JD1.95 and JD2.15, by farmers and distributors respectively, with consumers paying up to a maximum of JD2.35 for the carton, according to ministry regulations.

The price of a 1.6kg carton is capped at JD1.8 when sold by farmers, JD2 after distribution and JD2.2 for consumers, while the price of a 1.5kg carton should not exceed JD1.7 when bought directly from farms and JD1.9 after distribution, allowing consumers to buy the product at a maximum price of JD2.1.

 

Qudah said the ministry’s inspection teams will pay field visits to ensure commitment to price limits and will take legal action against violators, noting that the decision will stay in force until prices go down. 

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