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An egg fine for raising prices during the pandemic in New York


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The Ohio and Pennsylvania-based company raised the price of a dozen large white eggs from $ 0.59 to $ 1.10 in early March and raised it again on the 15th of that month to $ 1.49. to later set it at $ 2.93, “almost five times the price he asked for in January.”

Image released by the New York prosecutor with the donated eggs.
Image released by the New York prosecutor with the donated eggs.
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The New York Prosecutor’s Office has resolved a legal dispute with a farm accused of illegally raising egg prices during the pandemic, demanding that the company donating 1.2 million eggs to food banks of the state, to be distributed among people in need.

“As New Yorkers scrambled for food, one of the nation’s largest egg producers raised prices to unprecedented levels, making it harder for New Yorkers to feed their families,” the state attorney said. Letitia James in a message on her Twitter account, in which she also posted images of her and some of her assistants showing the eggs.

It’s about the company Hillandale Farms Corporation, which was denounced by the Prosecutor last August for speculating with the prices of this food in the first months of the pandemic, in violation of local laws.

Without going to trial, the farm agreed not to raise the price of eggs again and agreed donate 100,000 cartons to thousands of affordable kitchens, homeless shelters and food delivery centers for people in need.

“Hillandale likely conflicted with our state’s price increase laws and devised a plan aimed at the most vulnerable of our state at its darkest, but today we are delivering 1.2 million eggs to feed hungry New Yorkers and do things right, “said the prosecutor.

According to the Prosecutor, between March and April 2020, the farm obtained a millionaire profit with the “illegal increase” in the price of this product to the supermarkets and stores that it supplies in the state.

The Ohio and Pennsylvania-based company raised the price of a dozen large white eggs in early March from $ 0.59 to $ 1.10 and increased it again on the 15th of that month to $ 1.49 for, later, set it at $ 2.93, “almost five times more than the price I asked for in January.”

Hillandale, who on August 12 categorically denied the accusation de la Fiscal in a statement, today he assured that “he is pleased to announce that he will donate 100,000 dozen eggs to food funds in New York as part of an agreement negotiated with the attorney general.”

After underlining that the case of the eggs “has been permanently dismissed”, he maintains that the agreement “reflects the deep concern of the Hillandale farm for the community it serves”, and they are satisfied to be able to help “the most vulnerable families “, something that seems to contradict the statements of the prosecutor.

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