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Australian Eggs launches new traceability tool

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Australian egg farmers can use a unique browser-based tool to trace their eggs from lay to despatch.

The EggTrace tool – developed under a Commonwealth Grant project – will help improve food safety and security across the agriculture sector by helping egg farmers identify any quality or health issues affecting the eggs.

Australian Eggs MD, Rowan McMonnies, said traceability coverage will make the industry more resilient.

“Australians consume about 17.3 million eggs a day, so if the quality or safety of our eggs is under threat, it would have major implications to our national food supply.”

Dr Tamsyn Murray, CEO of Josh’s Rainbow Eggs, which supplies Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, said traceability is one of the most critical components of her business.

“Our traceability system allows us to immediately rectify any issues with egg production and ensures that we are only providing the best eggs to our customers.”

In a business survey, 69.1 per cent of Australians said they prefer to buy eggs from retailers that require traceability while 86.8 per cent agree that traceability is important for ensuring food safety.

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