CRACKING THE EGG-CODES!
Hens kept on egg-laying farms work hard all year round, so there are always eggs in the shops. As garden chickens usually take a rest during winter, you may have had to buy eggs for a while. Have you noticed that shop eggs are usually stamped with a code? This can tell you a lot about the egg and the hen who laid it. Here’s your code-breaker:
First there is a letter or number showing how the hen was kept: – this hen lived on an organic farm
1 – the hen that laid this egg was free-range
2 – this egg was laid by a hen who lived in a barn
3 – and the hen laying this egg was kept in a cage
Next you will probably see the letters UK – showing the country where the egg was laid. Then come some numbers. Each egg-farm has its own special number so the egg can be traced right back to the place where it was laid.
You may also see a best-before date and a picture of a lion on your eggshell. This is a special mark to show the eggs have been produced under the strict food-safety controls of the British Lion Code of Practice.
Take a good look at the shell of your next boiled egg – before you smash the top!