Philly-based Water Ice Chain Reportedly Stops Serving Custard Due To Bird Flu-induced Egg Shortage

Re-posted from CBS Philly.com

CBS Philly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A popular spot for water ice — especially in the summer months — is no longer offering one of its signature treats.

According to the Rita’s Italian Ice website, the chain’s stores will no longer be offering custard due to the national egg shortage stemming from the avian flu outbreak.

Instead, stores will be transitioning to soft-serve ice cream as their custard supply runs out.

“Until we are able to acquire eggs we are substituting a premium Rita’s Soft-Serve Ice Cream which is also terrific in all our signature treats,” the company says.

While Rita’s doesn’t know when custard will return to its locations, the company says it does intend to restock it when its able.

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