Of all the eggs tested, SA's easily the best

AUSTRALIA - South Australian eggs are the best in Australia, according to the nation's leading consumer watchdog.

The latest egg survey conducted by the Australian Consumers' Association's CHOICE magazine showed Angle Vale firm Golden Eggs had a "zero per cent" failure rate in quality tests on its cage and free-range eggs. Of all the eggs the association tested from around Australia, Golden Eggs was the only company without failures.

In comparison, cage eggs from the nation's two biggest distributors, Pace Farm and Sunny Queen, recorded 70 and 80 per cent failure rates.

"We were amazed at how many eggs failed an internationally recognised quality test," a CHOICE spokeswoman said.

The Pace Farm natural living, and Sunny Queen free-range eggs both recorded 60 per cent failure rates.

CHOICE tested more than 300 eggs from supermarkets in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, with 53 per cent of eggs failing the international standards quality test.

The eggs were rated with a U.S. Haugh unit, a mathematical formula using egg weight and egg-white thickness.

The U.S. standard classifies eggs under 60 Haugh units as weak and watery. Fresh, good quality eggs should have Haugh value of 60 or more, while low-quality eggs have values less than 40.

Source: The Advertiser
calendar icon 28 December 2005
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