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Shelling out more for your eggs

With Easter around the corner, you're no doubt wondering about the price of chocolate eggs, but the Irish Egg Association has issued a warning that it's the prices of the standard hen variety that you should keep your eye on.

The average price in Ireland has already gone up by 5pc, admittedly much smaller than the EU average of 40pc, but the Association says that this is set to change.

This is largely because of new EU legislation on battery farming, which requires larger 'enriched' cages for caged laying hens.

The Directive is good news for the laying hens, but it means 10pc to 15pc fewer eggs are produced across the EU, as it has led to some producers leaving the market .

But would you be happy to pay a few cents more knowing the hens are happier?

Irish Independent