From your local Information Overload department:My lumber yard gets a shipment a few times a year from a German lumber mill, all stamped like that.
Why would lumber be any different? :laughing:Same here as in Britain - I can't remember times when eggs did not have
stamps. More than 20 years back, it was just the date the egg had been layn;
then in 1993 they started to print the 'best before'-date instead, and now,
eggs in the European Union are marked with a rather complex code aditionally
to the BB-date.
1 - DE 12 3456 7
where the first number stands for the circumstances the chicken live in. "0"
are 'ecoligically correct' eggs, wher chicken have shed and open space to
live in, are fed with ecologically correct food etc. "1" is for free range
kept birds, 2 stands for deep litter where the barn eggs come from and "3"
menas laying batteries with battery cages. The latter will be banned
throughout the European Union in 2012; even today, the building of *new*
battery cage farms is prohibited.
The "DE" naturally is the country of origin, Germany in this case, the "12"
shows the federal state the egg has been layn in.
"3456" ist the unique id of the farm, and the final "7" is an identifier of
the stable the birds are kept in on that farm.
All we're missing is the signature of the hen...