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Friday, 12 October, is World Egg Day, established by the International Egg Commission (IEC) in 1996, with the aim of dedicating a day to educate the nation on this powerhouse food source jam packed with good quality proteins and essential vitamins and minerals, which has in the past received undue criticism for its cholesterol content. In...
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Imports of shell chicken table eggs from 2014 to 1H2018.  The sudden rise in Brazilian imports is concerning on a number of levels, and one has to question what impact the transatlantic journey had on the quality of these eggs.
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AI update abroad The global health community is on high alert as there are fears that the H7N9 strain of bird flu could spark a pandemic and prove as destructive as the 1918 Spanish flu outbreak. The virus has been circulating among poultry in China and to date has killed 623 people – 38% of...
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A team of Spanish researchers from the University of Oviedo completed a study to determine the environmental impact of intensive egg production. The results showed that the production of the feed contributed the most towards the sector’s carbon footprint. A smaller contribution comes from the materials used for packaging eggs, and the team said that...
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A recent study by scientists at Oxford and Peking Universities has found that Chinese people who ate an egg a day were associated with a lower risk of strokes and cardiovascular disease. The 1950’s British Egg Marketing Board’s slogan, ‘Go to work on an egg,’ still holds true today!
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Eggs consumed per capita per annum in a range of countries in 2016.  South Africans need to eat more eggs!
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The devastating economic impact of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) on the South African poultry industry in 2017.  The virus has continued to linger in summer, when it poses the least threat, hence the rising concern for what lies ahead in the winter season.
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The average selling price of different animal protein sources for 2013 to 2017, supplied by AMT and SAPA. The slow, steady increase changes markedly due to the effect of the drought in 2016 and avian influenza in 2017.
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The average retail prices per province, recorded by Stats SA in October 2017. As expected, the prices were highest in Mpumalanga and the Western Cape due to shortages in supply. KwaZulu-Natal had the lowest average price for a tray of 18 eggs.
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