A Texas attorney accused the firm of inflating the prices of eggs by 300 percent

MOSCOW, 24 APR – RIA Novosti. The Prosecutor General’s office of the southern U.S. state of Texas filed a lawsuit against the company Cal-Maine Foods for unjustified increase in the price of eggs by more than 300% in a pandemic coronavirus, said in a statement the state attorney General.

According to the lawsuit filed, the company controls about 20% of the supply of eggs throughout the country. On the background of the situation with coronavirus the price of eggs of this company grew from about $ 1 for 12 pieces (one pack) to 3.44 dollars. As a result of government requires more than 100 thousand dollars as compensation.

“the attorney General of Texas Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Cal-Maine Foods, the main supplier of eggs in Texas for abuse of a position of distress in connection with COVID-19 introduced by the Governor, and the increase in prices for eggs by about 300% when the firm has not experienced problems or significant supply disruptions. Laws about selling at inflated prices apply to all persons or organizations that sell such Essentials as food,” – said in a statement.

the Authorities have indicated that according to the laws in the area of price manipulation, offenders pay restitution to consumers and pay a fine in the amount of 10 thousand dollars for each violation. If their actions affected the elderly, the attackers must additionally pay a fine in the amount of 250 thousand dollars.

the Local newspaper Houston Chronicle adds that after the state’s Governor Greg Abbott declared the state of emergency in early March, the Texans immediately began to buy, and eggs and other major products were in such high demand that many stores began to impose restrictions on the number of purchases in one hand.

According to the latest Johns Hopkins University, the number of victims of coronavirus COVID-19 in the United States reached 49 963, the country contracted 869 172.

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