March egg product output down 4% from 2007

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WASHINGTON — The total amount of edible liquid product from shell eggs broken in March was 212,023,000 lbs, down 4% from a year ago but up 7% from February 2008, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its latest Egg Products report (click here to read report).

March production of edible whole liquid eggs was 137,836,000 lbs, down 4% from March 2007; liquid whites were 48,014,000 lbs, down 3%; and liquid yolks were 26,173,000 lbs, down 4%.

Inedible product from shell eggs broken in March totaled 19,165,000 lbs, down 3% from March 2007.

Shell eggs broken in March totaled 162,703,000 dozen, down 3% from March 2007 but up 7% from February 2008, the U.S.D.A. said.

Edible liquid product produced in the first quarter totaled 634,525,000 lbs, up 2% from the January-March 2007 period, the U.S.D.A. said. Liquid whole eggs totaled 410,805,000 lbs, up 3%, liquid whites 145,660,000 lbs, even with a year ago, liquid yolks 78,060,000 lbs, down 2%, and inedible product 57,155,000 lbs, up 2%.

Shell eggs broken in the first three months of the year totaled 486,397,000 dozen, up 2% from a year ago.

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