Dioxins "still too high" in EU free-range eggs
The EU has had to extend for another year a special rule allowing levels of toxic dioxins in free-range eggs to exceed limits applied to battery-produced eggs since 2002. An original two-year derogation for free-range eggs has been prolonged as "it now appears that more time is needed... to define possible measures" to achieve dioxin level reductions. Contamination is higher in free-range eggs because hens spend more time in contact with soils affected by historically high levels of dioxin pollution. See EU regulation no. 684/2004.