22 Jun 2022

Australian Eggs shores up food security with new technology

Australian Eggs has announced the launch of EggTrace, a new tool designed to help egg farmers trace eggs back from the point of purchase…

Australian Eggs shores up food security with new technology

Australian Eggs has announced the launch of EggTrace, a new tool designed to help egg farmers trace eggs back from the point of purchase to the date and location of the eggs.

The development of EggTrace was part of a Commonwealth grant project to drive improved food safety and security across the agriculture sector.

By creating full visibility on the path an egg takes from lay to despatch, egg farmers now have the ability to more easily and efficiently identify any quality or health issues affecting eggs, ensuring a safer and more reliable egg supply chain.

In a recent survey of 5,981 Australians, 66.5% indicated they were concerned about Australia’s food security.

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Australian Eggs Managing Director, Rowan McMonnies, said improved traceability coverage would make the egg industry more resilient and improve Australia’s food security.

“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,” Mr. McMonnies said.

“EggTrace is a browser-based tool that works by providing farmers with the insights they need to isolate, neutralise and rectify any issue on-farm before it causes significant food supply issues, and is linked to the production type and best before date.

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“As the global trend towards transparency and traceability in the food chain accelerates, traceability has become even more important in ensuring that we have the trust and confidence of Australians.”

Australians care where their eggs come from, a fact reflected in the survey, which showed that most Australians (69.1%) prefer to buy eggs from retailers that require them to be traceable back to the farm. A significant majority (86.8%) agree that traceability is important in ensuring food safety.

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