ST. PAUL — Minnesota has cracked down on a farm accused of more than doubling the price of eggs during the coronavirus pandemic.
Attorney General Keith Ellison announced this week he has settled an investigation of potential price-gouging against Forsman Farms, a wholesale egg producer in Wright County.
The farm allegedly sold eggs for 150 percent more that it was charging before the pandemic hit Minnesota. The increase boosted prices paid by consumers, Ellison said.
He said Forsman Farms cooperated with the investigation. The business has agreed to limit prices to 20 percent above what it was charging before.
Under Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-10, price gouging on essential items including food is illegal during the COVID-19 emergency.
Ellison said other producers of eggs had tripled prices. “It’s why I used my office’s power to enforce the order to investigate reports of skyrocketing egg prices in Minnesota,” he said.
The Attorney General’s office is asking Minnesotans to report price-gouging on essential goods, by using a complaint form on the website ag.state.mn.us, or calling 651-296-3353 or 800-657-3787.