Hidden in the egg

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Hidden in the egg

Organic eggs may be more expensive than cage-free or free-range eggs, but you can’t actually tell the difference from the outside. Researchers from Wageningen have developed a test to check that ‘organic eggs’ really are organic. Reliable monitoring will reassure consumers that they getting what they paid for on their Easter breakfast table.

The clue is hidden in the egg itself. Substances in the yolk can tell us whether a hen was fed organic feed or not. Detecting food fraud is yet another way that Wageningen UR is contributing to quality of life.

Our research focuses on the things that make companies liable to commit food fraud, and on developing analytical methods to check the authenticity of products. We use all the latest technology, both in and outside the lab. The ultimate goal is reliable food. After all, nobody likes being deceived, and particularly not when it comes to food.