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The Agriculture Ministry exempted 13.2 million eggs from import tax, in an attempt to combat the existing shortage.

12 million of the eggs will be sold to consumers, and the remaining 1.2 million will be sold to factories.

According to the Ministry, 2 billion Israeli eggs are sold each year. However, there is a shortage of 150 million eggs, because of seasonal changes in laying patterns.

Most of the imported eggs will be from Spain.

The imports will be under the strict supervision of the Health Ministry and Veterinary Services.

Earlier this week, laboratory tests revealed that 40,000-80,000 eggs from the Yesh Maof farm were contaminated with a dangerous strain of salmonella. In September, the Health Ministry recalled salmonella-infected eggs, in what may have affected up to 11 million eggs.