News update:Mar 9, 2016

South Australian eggs marked with quality stamp

South Australian eggs are now to be stamped with a unique identification marking to encourage consumers to buy the highest quality local eggs.

Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Minister Gail Gago said the food-safety requirement was part of new national standards designed to boost consumers' confidence when buying eggs and to increase the eggs' traceability.

"Producers will be required to remove any cracked or dirty eggs from sale to ensure they don't become infected with salmonella,” Gago said.

"Egg stamping will ensure that any eggs that need to be traced back to the farm can be, quickly and easily. Under the scheme, producers must be accredited if they have more than 50 laying birds and sell eggs."

All retailers and food service caterers such as hotels, snack bars and restaurants will also need to comply with the new rules and ensure that the eggs they use are stamped and come from an accredited producer.

The vast majority of eggs will be stamped with SA, followed by a number to identify the farm.

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