To start this month’s blogging – a weird and wonderful eggy story that could only happen when the EU get involved. I purloigned this form another site (reference below) and if they had put the name of the journalist or translator, I would have cited him or her – just for the wonderful phrase « The Union for Crusty and Sof Breadmaking » Lord knows what this was originally in French, but I can imagine the translatorr going almost to find a plausible English équivalent. Translatig is near to my heart at the moment, as I seem to have been doing nothing else but for the past couple of weeks.

Finally, I must pay tribute to the headline writer - an EGGSellent headline, which reminds me of that old joke

Why do the French never have two eggs for breakfast?
Because one is un oeuf

Un oeuf is not enough: France suffers major egg shortage

01 March 2012,

(PARIS) - French cake manufacturers called for urgent help Thursday after several farms halted egg production for failing to implement EU poultry happiness rules, sending the price of eggs skyrocketing.

Shortages began after the European Union Welfare of Laying Hens Directive banned the use of battery cages from January 1, forcing an unspecified number of farms that did not apply the new rule to temporarily cease production.

France is now suffering a shortfall of 21 million eggs a week or 10 percent of overall production, the National Union of Egg Industries and Professionals (SNIPO) said in a statement.

As a result, egg prices shot up 75 percent between October last year and February, the statement said, with a potential knock-on effect on the cost of pastries, cakes and even sweet brioche bread.

"This unbalanced and significant situation could go on for most of 2012," SNIPO warned.

The businesses asked French authorities for "urgent, exceptional and temporary measures to increase short-term (egg) availability".

The SNIPO includes such organisations as the Union for Crusty and Soft Breadmaking, French Biscuit and Cake Makers and the Union of Manufactured Food Businesses.

Cake and brioche manufacturers may soon be forced to shut down production and temporarily lay off workers if shortages continue, the statement warned.