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Dioxin-scanning egg app cracks the market

The Local · 10 Jan 2011, 13:24

Published: 10 Jan 2011 13:24 GMT+01:00

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Barcoo, a company that sells software to scan barcodes with smartphone apps comparing prices of similar products, has moved quickly to offer its customers the ability to test eggs for potential contamination.

"You type in the unique number that is found on each egg and then you get an answer whether there is dioxin inside or not," Martin Scherer, the firm's business development manager, told news agency AFP.

Authorities have published a list of serial numbers of products from suspect farms and also numbers from facilities known to be safe, Scherer explained. "So we have a positive list and a negative list."

The software application also informs consumers whether the egg they are considering is organic, in which case dioxin is not a risk.

Scanning the barcode on a box of eggs does not work because a box can contain eggs from different sources, he said.

According to a survey of around 500 people in Sunday's Bild am Sonntag, one in five Germans are steering clear of eggs in the wake of the crisis that has shaken public faith in food safety. More than 100,000 eggs have been destroyed due to the scandal.

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Scherer said that people appeared to be seizing the opportunity to download the free dioxin-checking application. "Our usage is four to five times higher than normal," he said.


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Your comments about this article

14:30 January 10, 2011 by marimay
Why do we need an app? Why are they in the stores at all?
14:33 January 10, 2011 by freechoice
this is ridiculous! millions spent fighting terrorists, but none spend on food checks. at least terrorists strikes don't make you suffer slowly and die of cancer.
14:52 January 10, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
@marimay -

Good question. Why isn't there a mandatory recall of all contaminated eggs? Especially since they know precisely which eggs are/are not contaminated. Is that just too simple an answer? Obviously Occam's Razor doesn't seem to apply.
15:29 January 10, 2011 by auniquecorn
Good question Chief, but with a simple answer,

If the gov. destroys all those eggs, they have to reimburse the suppliers,
15:39 January 10, 2011 by dcgi
@freechoice: yeah, also 1984(!)
17:15 January 10, 2011 by DinhoPilot
What the deuce?! Now to find out if I am eating dioxin infected eggs I have to pay besides paying for possible infected eggs already?

Anyone know the link to the website where I can check the egg batch/serial, etc...?
08:13 January 11, 2011 by ovbg
@DinhoPilot, I believe the app in question is free. At least, I had installed Barcoo a while back and it was free then.

That said, anyone know where or how to enter the numbers on Barcoo? I tried it last night with the number on an egg but no luck. The only place I could see to type the number was where you type the bar code.

Actually, Barcoo is quite a good free app. You can scan barcodes of something in a shop, and it can tell you where you can find it cheaper in your local area or online.
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