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09-25-2018

Buying Eggs

Everyone is familiar with the situation: you are out shopping and you buy various ingredients to make some food at home. However, if this situation is happening for an international in Denmark, there might be some confusion about certain types of food in the supermarket. 



Eggs are a food group where the following questions can occur: Why are there so many different types of eggs? Why do they vary so much in price range? And why are they called: Buræg, Økologiske æg, Frilandsæg or Skrabeæg?

Here you can get an overview over the 4 different types of eggs that are sold at almost all supermarkets:

Buræg (Battery cage eggs): Cheaper than 2 DKK per egg.

*Buræg is almost not sold anywhere anymore, but might be present in some food products.
  • Eggs laid by chickens in cages made from fine mesh nets and with no access to outside areas.
  • There can be up to 13 chickens per square meter.
  • There is no demand for windows in the stable.
  • Around 60 % of eggs produced in Denmark are ‘buræg’.
  • Other names for Buræg: Danske æg, Jumboæg, Morgenæg.
     

Skrabeæg (Perchery eggs): Around 2 DKK per egg

  • Eggs laid by chickens in stables and with no access to outside areas.
  • There can be up to 9 chickens per square meter in the stable.
  • There is no demand for windows in the stable.
  • Around 18 % of eggs produced in Denmark are ‘skrabeæg’
  • Other names for Skrabeæg: Brunchæg, Hørblomst, Gårdæg.
     

Frilandsæg (Free-range eggs): Around 3 DKK per egg

  • Eggs laid by chickens in stables and with access to outside areas.
  • There can be up to 9 chickens per square meter in the stable and minimum 4 square meters per chicken in the outside area.
  • There is no demand for windows in the stable.
  • Around 8 % of eggs produced in Denmark are ‘frilandsæg’.
  • Other names for Frilandsæg: Brunchæg
     

Økologiske æg (Organic eggs): Around 3-4 DKK per egg

  • Eggs laid by chickens in ‘houses’ and with access to outside areas.
  • There can be up to 6 chickens per square meter in a house and minimum 4 square meters per chicken in the outside area.
  • There must be natural sunlight in the houses and the feed must be organic.
  • Around 14 % of eggs produced in Denmark are ‘økologiske æg’.
  • Other names for Økologiske æg: Plantageæg

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