Gabriele Berg and Tomislav Cernava from the Institute for Environmental Biotechnology at TU Graz use microorganisms for the natural disinfection of hatching eggs. Credit: Lunghammer - TU Graz
Gabriele Berg and Tomislav Cernava from the Institute for Environmental Biotechnology at TU Graz use microorganisms for the natural disinfection of hatching eggs.

Pathogen-free hatching eggs may be alternative to formaldehyde application

Researchers in Austria develop natural treatment to eliminate germs from hatching eggs.

There was a Europe-wide outcry in the summer of 2017 upon the discovery that hatching eggs were being treated with the insecticide fipronil, which is harmful to health.

The use of fipronil for the treatment of animals raised for food production is banned In Europe as well as in the U.S. The eggs themselves were not treated directly with fipronil, but the laying hens infested with chicken lice were — and they passed the toxic substance onto their eggs. Hatching eggs may come into

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