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Fires Destroy New Zealand Egg Farm and Canadian Seafood Plant

Fires Destroy New Zealand Egg Farm and Canadian Seafood Plant

Meanwhile, “experts” assure us the massive egg farm fire in Connecticut last week will have no impact on prices.

Last week, my colleague Mary Chastain reported that a massive fire incinerated a Connecticut egg farm.

A search of recent news stories shows no cause for that fire has been reported. However, “experts” assure us there will be no spike in egg prices as a result of this incident.

“It’s hard to say until we get a little further on in the week but I can’t imagine it’s going to shake things up too much, to be honest,” Karen Rispoli, egg market analyst at price reporting agency Urner Barry, based in Toms River, N.J., said.

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture appeared more certain, noting that the birds lost to the fire were a tiny sliver of the more than 372 million egg laying hens in the United States. The impact on egg prices was expected to be “minimal to none at this time,” the department said, in a statement Monday.

However, the US isn’t the only country that has recently experienced massive fires at food production facilities. A fire at an egg-laying farm in New Zealand has claimed the lives of 50,000 hens.

The figure was earlier reported as 75,000 hens, but has since been revised, Zeagold Nutrition confirmed this afternoon.

The fire on Old Rd, Orini, was reported to Fire and Emergency about 7.45am this morning.

When FENZ crews arrived at the scene, the fire was already “well-involved”.

“All 12 staff members on site are safe and unharmed,” Zeagold Nutrition chief executive John McKay said in a statement.

He initially said the fire affected four of the 12 barn layer sheds on the property, but later clarified that only two were affected, with the damage less extensive than initially reported.

As in Connecticut, the cause of the fire has yet to be determined. Interestingly, the impacted areas were a “new build.”

“That’s the puzzling thing with this. Obviously it’s a new build, it’s fully compliant. We’ll have the Fire and Emergency inspector back on site with us later this morning, and just going through that. At this stage, we still don’t know what caused the fire.”

Until they do, he said it was not clear if the fire could have been prevented.

“It’s very, very rare to have an incident like this – particularly in new buildings. That’s why we’ve got to get into this investigation.”

But egg farms aren’t the only facilities that have been destroyed by fire. A seafood processing plant near Cap-Pelé, in southeastern New Brunswick, Canada, is a “total loss” after a blaze broke out late last week.

W.E. Acres Crabmeal Ltd., in Portage, caught fire around 2 p.m., said Ronald Cormier, Cap-Pelé’s fire chief.

He said the fire was still burning as of around 6:15 p.m. but there are only hot spots now. He said six fire departments responded to the scene, and firefighters will remain on site for the next couple of hours.

Cormier said the cause of the fire is still unknown, but he said it doesn’t appear to be arson.

While it is heartening to learn that arson might not cause the seafood plant’s fire, it is vital to determine the cause of these fires and relay that information to an uneasy public.

Here is the data related to food facility fires in this county, as published by the National Fire Protection Association last year:

“There have been approximately 20 fires in U.S. food processing facilities in the first 4 months of 2022, which is not extreme at all and does not signal anything out of the ordinary,” NFPA spokeswoman Susan McKelvey told us. “The recent inquiries around these fires appears to be a case of people suddenly paying attention to them and being surprised about how often they do occur. But NFPA does not see anything out of the ordinary in these numbers.”

The NFPA gets its data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System and its own data sets, neither of which provide numbers specific to food processing plants. But the data does provide annual averages on fires that could be related to those types of facilities, McKelvey said.

For example, she said, the annual averages of fires that have occurred in the U.S. between 2015 and 2019 are as follows:

All manufacturing and processing facilities: 5,308
Agriculture: 961
Grain or livestock storage: 1,155
Refrigerated storage: 35

Here’s hoping there are reasons not related to arson or terrorism for these fires, and that corrective measures can be taken by the agricultural and food processing industries to prevent similar blazes in the future.

The concern about these incidents shows that the American public is extremely worried about food security. Given the state of leadership in this country, and misinformation offered by “experts” in other public interest areas, that worry is not likely to dissipate soon.


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Seems to be a lot of coincidence and suddenly going around these days?!?

And, what the EGGsperts actually got anything right lately? Sorry, Ill get my coat! 🙂

Seriously, what are the odds?

I’m sure they’re ready to replace it with a processing plant for insects soon enough

    Insects are living creatures, but there is no plausible or probable evolution to a higher form of life (e.g. human “person”). Oh, wait. Abort them. Abort them all. Cannibalize their profitable parts. Sequester their carbon pollutants. There are precedents of diversity and consensus.

Hmmm. Another coincidental coincidence… Weird.

‘Nothing to see here, folks,’ says Baghdad Bob

“The recent inquiries around these fires appears to be a case of people suddenly paying attention to them and being surprised about how often they do occur. But NFPA does not see anything out of the ordinary in these numbers.”

Totally natural folks. Fire season always comes after stroke season. Food plants burn down regularly, same as 20yo athletes have always dropped dead of nothing on the playing field, to the delight of audiences, NASCAR excepted.

    CommoChief in reply to henrybowman. | February 9, 2023 at 10:18 am

    I do think there is some truth to the claim that we are simply noticing these events. On the other hand they are occurring and in a world where weirdo environmental loons and luddite not only pledge to interfere but routinely act on that pledge we can’t afford to ignore it as normal.

    Some of this could be and probably is a result of deferred maintenance or human error but given the totality of the circumstances the question is how much is attributable to deliberate action. Either way the result is the same, decreased supply and a corresponding rise in price to reflect it.

      henrybowman in reply to CommoChief. | February 10, 2023 at 2:20 am

      Sure, just like the “uncoordinated” armed attacks on local power generation stations all around the country. Same thing happened regularly when you and I were kids, right?

Otto Kringelein | February 9, 2023 at 10:20 am

How odd that no insect food farming facilities are meeting the same fate as egg, seafood, and other food production and processing facilities. It’s almost as if someone is actively creating a food shortage so that their new insect based products and plant based meat & milk products will sell better.

But that can’t be true because nobody would be that evil to do such a thing, right? Right?!??!

Actually the price of eggs has significantly dropped where I shop. I am used to paying $1 – $1.25 a dozen. Recently it went as high as $5, but as of earlier this week it was down to $2.69

    Whenever you’re trying to draw conclusions from analysis of statistical data, in particular time series data such as commodity prices, the time frame you’re considering is of critical importance.

    To say ‘prices rose’ or ‘prices fell’ is really meaningless without also considering the time range under consideration. Take for example Biden* claiming ‘prices have fallen under my administration!’ That may well be true, if considering some small slice of time. But if you consider the entire timeframe of his reign and compare it to prices before he took office you see prices are still way up, even though they may have fallen over some small subset of the time in question.

    This video does a phenomenal job of describing this concept:

    henrybowman in reply to Milhouse. | February 10, 2023 at 2:20 am

    Joe Biden’s head pops in from offstage: “I did that!”

What a terrible accident.

Hmm. Doesn’t matter what she says, I’m still getting chickens this year. Had ‘em before, guess I’ll have them again.

I live in a rural area. Word is chicks will be a hot commodity. and hard to get this spring. It was hard to get lambs, goat kids and turkey poults last year for my grandchildren’s FFA projects. Ranchers here are producing less and demand is increasing.

Eggs and seafood? I hope that classic combo, caviar, is not next. If so, to the matter of roe must wade, the sturgeon general.

Soft targets.

Eggs definitely getting pricey where I live in Northern VA.

It’s either fanatical bunny huggers who clutch their pearls over the inhumane conditions at poultry farms and slaughter houses in general or it’s W.E.F. minions trying to depopulate the earth and make food staples too expensive for all us “useless eaters”.

I find it odd that they are having such difficulty in finding the source of the blazes in the two egg farm fires. That alone gives one pause, of the tinfoil hat variety.

Smells like South Africa.

I will never discount the possibility that 5th-columnists sent here by one or more of our foes are attacking the USA infrastructure.