Poached, soft-boiled, scrambled… Eggs are among the fastest foods to prepare and the easiest to include in your meal, whatever the time of day. How can you be sure of the quality of what you consume?

According to the General Directorate for Competition, Consumption and the Repression of Fraud (DGCCRF), “eggs are subject to regulations which ensure their traceability and set the applicable marketing standards”. The breeding methods of the egg are indicated by the registration number affixed to its shell. Composed of numbers and letters, it makes it possible to ascertain the origin of the eggs purchased. What Types of Eggs Should You Avoid?

In France, a large part of the eggs sold come from hens raised in cages. These hens never see the light of day and are enclosed in a space barely larger than an A4 sheet. While Emmanuel Macron had promised to end this breeding method, it is still widely used in 2023. According to L214, 33% of hens in France are raised in cages.

It is therefore necessary to favor eggs from hens raised in the open air. These hens have access to the outside and have more living space. In addition, eggs from free-range hens are only slightly more expensive than eggs from caged hens. Discover in our slideshow below the meaning of the numbers and letters written on the shell of the eggs.