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Egg Code Tracker

Where are your eggs from?

Every egg has a unique code printed on it enter the code to find out how far your egg has travelled to reach you.

The Calculator

Egg Tracker
  1. Please enter the full code e.g. 1UK12345

The Background

Did you know that last year the UK consumed approximately 10.5 billion eggs? That's an average of about 178 per person.

Have you ever thought about where they come from? Maybe you are one of the growing number of people who are collecting your own eggs each day from your Eglu.

Unfortunately not everyone has the space/time or indeed the desire to keep chickens. So if you buy your eggs from your local supplier or supermarket you may rightly think that the eggs have been sourced from the local farms around your area. This isn't always the case.

The Egg Miles tool will allow you to enter a code that is found on each egg you buy and will tell you which part of the country it has come from.

Where is the code?

The code can be found printed on any shop bought eggs, similar to the image shown below.

egg Tracker

please make sure you enter the full code including the 1st digit which may be listed on the line above the main code, as shown in the image below.

What does the egg code mean?

According to EU law all eggs produced within the EU must have a code printed on the shell to allow the egg to be traced.

The producer may choose to add a logo or other information, but at a minimum it must have a code like the one shown in the image above, e.g. 1UK12345.

The codes on eggs indicate the following:

0 Organic
1 Free-Range
2 Barn
3 Cage
UK Origin
12345 Producer ID

Based on our tool the average egg has travelled is approximately 111 Miles!

More Information

To find out more information check out the links below.

Food Miles Calculator - Our own food miles calculator

British Egg Info Service - British Lion Quality Official Site

Eggs - All about eggs on wikipedia

Egg Stamping - Official Information about egg stamping in the UK

Note: The distances output by the calculator are merely estimations based on the post code of the supplier. Actual distances may vary from those given as the calculation assumes the egg goes from producer direct to you.

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