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Under EU Commission Directive 2002/4/EC all egg production sites must be registered. Since January 1st 2004 all eggs must carry a code for identification purposes.

The new codes will tighten up on the Free Range Market where often cage produced eggs were sold as Free Range. All eggs can be traced back to their production site.

All eggs, wherever they are sold, must be marked. Do not buy unmarked eggs as their origin could be doubtful.

Below is a chart explaining the new codes.

First Digit

0

Organic

or

1

Free Range Eggs

or

2

Barn Eggs

or

3

Colony Eggs

Two Letters

UK

Country Of Origin

Last Five Digits e.g.

99999

Production Farm ID

Example

3UK11992

Colony Eggs Produded In The UK On Farm No 11992

Eggs are sold by weight and below is a chart detailing the weight ranges for all sizes.

Size

Weight

VERY LARGE

73 gms and over  

LARGE

63 - 73 gms

MEDIUM

53 - 63 gms

SMALL

53 gms and under

Egg Identity