2013 March 03 Sunday
USDA And EU Eggs: Illegal In Each Others' Jurisdictions

Luckily the US government is protecting Americans from dangerous European eggs and the EU governments are protecting Brits and Europeans from dangerous American eggs. Don't you all feel a lot safer?

Believe it or not, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) graded eggs would be illegal if sold the UK, or indeed anywhere in the European Union (EU). Its all to do with the fact that commercial American eggs are federally required to be washed and sanitized before they reach the consumer. EU egg marketing laws, on the other hand, state that Class A eggs those found on supermarkets shelves, must not be washed, or cleaned in any way.

You can click through and read the details of the thinking of both regulatory agencies.

When I was a kid I raised chickens and ate their eggs without USDA processing. However did I manage to survive into adulthood?

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 March 03 10:43 AM 

Stephen said at March 3, 2013 8:33 PM:

Fascinating reading.

It looks to be a classic case of an intervention requiring ever more detailed subsequent interventions. At some point its actually more sensible to change the original intervention, but the cost of doing that might be greater than the cost of simply adding an additional intervention.

SOBL1 said at March 4, 2013 8:39 AM:

The EU blocked American meat because of bovine growth hormones. Didn't work out for them with how much horse they are eating now.

Check it out said at March 14, 2013 4:56 PM:

The only ones that should be called illegal are United States Department of Agriculture an the European department of agriculture, or whatever it is called.

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