SHOPS and restaurants in Derbyshire are being warned to ensure eggs they are selling and cooking with comply with the law.
Checks are being carried out by trading standards and environmental health officers, as well as the Egg Marketing Inspectorate.
Supermarkets, shops, restaurants and cafes will be visited during October and November to make sure only eggs meeting ‘Class A’ standards are being used and sold - and that they are labelled and described correctly.
The eggs will be tested to ensure they are as described, to ensure eggs labelled ‘free range’ not being produced by caged birds, that they are safe and of the required quality.
Coun Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire Council cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Egg fraud has the potential to be big business and we are working closely with our district council colleagues and the Egg Marketing Inspectorate to protect consumers.
“It’s important shoppers know they’re getting what they pay for, the eggs are safe, of good quality and correctly labelled.
“There’s a health issue here and eggs must meet the required standards. Eggs which are not labelled correctly would not be traceable in the event of a health scare.
“We must also protect the livelihoods of the retailers and restaurant owners who buy their eggs legitimately. “