|November 21, 2003, just-food.com:
EU laws requiring that eggs be stamped with their producers’
identity code and information of farming methods, free range, battery,
etc., will not take effect until July 2005 according to a recent announcement
by European Union ministers.
The laws designed to improve traceability and consumer information
were originally slated to begin implantation in January.
Ministers approved a request to the European Food Safety Authority
to report by 2006 whether a reliably safe method of washing eggs
can be established. It is generally banned on health grounds in
the EU, with some limited exemptions for packers (mainly in Sweden).