How can you guarantee that the free range eggs I purchase are in fact genuine free range eggs?
Like all foods sold in Australia, eggs are bound by strict marketing and labelling regulations. All Australian egg farmers must comply with these regulations, which include the Food Standards Code as well as the Trade Practices Act. This includes guaranteeing that the eggs are produced under the production system stated on the carton. All egg production systems, including free range, cage and barn systems, are defined in the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals (Domestic Poultry) 4th edition.
Farm Pride Foods keep comprehensive and accurate records of the production and sale of our eggs so that we can track our product through the supply chain. Farm Pride Foods has implemented best practice procedures on farm checked against our quality assurance program. These systems and practices are independently audited by a third-party auditor on a regular basis.
Are your eggs free of hormones and antibiotics?
Research has shown the reason some consumers do not eat eggs is based on the misconceptions that eggs contain hormones or antibiotics. Farm Pride Foods does not feed hormones or antibiotics to laying hens. In fact, the Australian egg industry has never used hormones in the production of eggs. Antibiotics are only used under strict veterinary advice and the eggs these birds lay are not used in the food chain.*
How can I test for freshness of eggs without cracking them open?
There is a quick and easy was to check the freshness of your eggs without using them. To perform a fresh egg test, simply place an egg into a bowl of water. A fresh egg will generally lie at the bottom of the bowl. As an egg ages the air cell inside the egg increases which will cause the eggs to float to the top.
This fresh egg test should be used as a guide only as there are other factors that could cause a fresh egg to float such as a light shell.
I recently purchased eggs and found two yolks in an egg. Is this natural or is there something wrong with the eggs I have purchased?
Double yolks are commonly found in eggs laid by young hens. During the beginning of a hen’s reproductive cycle, ovulation may occur too rapidly, causing the release of two yolks together that are combined and released in one large egg. As the hens get older this process stops occurring and only one egg yolk can be found in each egg. These eggs are perfectly edible.
What does yolk colour indicate?
The colour of the yolk has no bearing on the nutritional content of the egg or the husbandry conditions of the hen. The yolk colour naturally varies between eggs. The shade of yellow through to orange of the yolk is dependent upon the feed the hen eats. Hens that have access to food like yellow corn in their diet tend to produce dark yolks. Eggs are a rich source of vitamins and minerals regardless of the yolk colour, as the colour does not affect the nutrient content.
*Reference - The Role of eggs in a healthy diet Desk Top Guide. - Australian Egg Corporation Limited.