The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported a four percent decline in the number of shell eggs broken in July 2017 when compared to July 2016.

According to the agency’s Egg Products report, released on August 31, 187.3 million dozen shell eggs were broken in the United States in July 2017, compared to the 194.2 million dozen eggs broken during the same month of 2016. The number of eggs broken in July is also down five percent from the 198.1 million dozen eggs broken in June.

The report also revealed that so far during the 2017 calendar year, shell eggs broken totaled 1.35 billion dozen, which is a three percent increase when compared to the first seven months of 2016. To date, the cumulative total edible product from the eggs broken in 2017 has been 1.75 billion pounds, which is a five percent increase when compared to the same seven months in 2016.

The data for the Egg Products report was compiled from inspection reports from USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).