EU delays implementation of new egg marketing laws

By Keith Nuthall

November 21, 2003, 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).