Spotting weak eggs before they crack

2019-03-02 02:09:08

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. “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,