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Spotting Weak Eggs Before They Crack

by 5m Editor
20 April 2006, at 12:00am

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. &quot;It&#39;s a major problem,&quot; 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. <i>Source: New Scientist</i>

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