Spotting weak eggs before they crack

UK - Whether it will work on chocolate Easter eggs is unclear. But down on the farm, a new technique could soon help poultry farmers to spot which newly laid eggs will later crack before they get anywhere near the packing plant.
calendar icon 15 April 2006
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"It's a major problem," says Ian Dunn of the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh, UK, joint head of a team developing the technique. He says that about 10 per cent of eggs are lost through shell breakage.

Cracked eggs cost farmers and packers money, and pose a hazard to consumers because they allow potentially dangerous bacteria to get in, says Dunn, whose team is collaborating with researchers at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in Belgium.

Source: New Scientist

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