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Angry Farmers Plot Egg Crisis in Norway

16 May 2014

NORWAY - Farmers in Norway are trying to force an egg shortage on the country before its National Day celebrations on 17 May, in protest at their government's attempts to cut the level of protection they enjoy.

Quoting Norway's Dagbladet newspaper, The Local reports that the Norwegian Farmers' Union is pushing its members to bulk buy eggs in shops and blockade the entrances to egg packing facilities in an determined effort to create a national egg crisis.

The tactic, if successful, could mean millions of Norwegians are forced to forgo their traditional scrambled eggs on Constitution Day

According to major producers, egg storage at farms is already running low, with some reporting that a crisis is imminent.

"The hens lay eggs every day whether there's a blockade or not," Torfinn Prytz Higdem, chief executive at Cardinal Foods, one of Norway's largest producers of eggs and chicken meat, told the paper. "Our pain threshold is about three days."

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