Whataburger changes breakfast times, citing egg shortages

*Update* Whataburger released a new press release on June 1st addressing the adjusted breakfast hours saying:

"We're just as bummed as our customers about having to temporarily change our breakfast hours, due to the national egg shortage caused by an avian flu outbreak. Beyond serving eggs on their own, many of our breakfast items like Pancakes, Honey Butter sauce and Cinnamon Rolls are made with eggs. For this reason, we had to limit the hours of the entire breakfast menu to our peak times, in order to supply our 770+ individual locations across 10 states.

We don't know why other restaurants haven't been affected by this shortage yet, but it sure has affected us. Our primary egg supplier was one of the hardest hit by this shortage. The change back to our regular breakfast menu and hours will happen gradually as we replenish our supply; we will be sure to keep you informed.

We're a company that strongly believes in tradition and the last thing we would want to do is disrupt our customers' routines unless absolutely necessary. Again, we apologize for any inconvenience."

This is an update to a previous story. The original version is as follows:

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - Whataburger says it is limiting its breakfast-serving hours, citing egg shortages due to the Midwest bird flu crisis.

The fast-food chain will serve breakfast 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. weekdays, and 5 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekends. It previously was available 12 hours a day. Whataburger says in a statement it'll let restaurants concentrate their supplies during peak breakfast hours.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says confirmed outbreaks in the Midwest have cost chicken and turkey producers over 44 million birds. Egg prices have soared.

Major chains such as Taco Bell, Dunkin' Donuts and IHOP say they're monitoring the situation but haven't yet been affected.

Bob Krouse, CEO of Midwest Poultry Services, said if a company's supplier is affected by bird flu, it might have trouble finding another one.

You can read the full release from the company here.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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