EU delays implementation of new egg marketing laws

By Keith Nuthall

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).