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Eggs (Grading)

Volume 932: debated on Monday 16 May 1977

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asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what is the estimated cost to the poultry industry of adopting the EEC grading of eggs into seven grades instead of the three United Kingdom grades: (a) in replacement machinery and (b) in cost of labour and packing.

It is not possible to make a precise estimate of these costs, but they will be limited. Discussions indicate that most packers will not need to replace machinery but will be able to continue to use existing equipment. Detailed advice on the requirements of the new system is being circulated after further discussion with the trade and producer organisations.