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The mark of ‘The Blue Duck’

Due to the lack of guidelines and accreditation for the production and supply of Duck Eggs Watercress Lane have realised that there is a fundamental need for consumer information and assurance when they come to purchase.

Based on the British Egg Council Lion Mark used in the Hen egg industry, Watercress Lane have introduced The Blue Duck logo as a mark of guarantee to the end user. Eggs produced under ‘The Blue Duck Scheme’ undergo a different process to any other duck egg, and as a result will be high in animal welfare, safe, fully traceable, labelled with lay dates and best before dates, quality marked, fresh and naturally delicious.

Eggs are hand collected by the staff every single morning, 365 days of the year. Strict Bio Security policies and procedures are followed including hand washing, protective clothing and boot changes. All the disinfectants used are approved by DEFRA. When the eggs are collected they are taken to a bespoke wash room where they receive a gentle wash to remove all the unwanted dirt. The Blue Duck egg is NOT bleached, a ducks egg is not naturally brilliant white. When an egg is bleached it removes the natural wax coating that the duck has placed around the egg to keep it safe from infection and disease, Blue Duck eggs are as nature intended and with only a gentle wash the wax coating is left on.

After they have been cleaned they then have a short dry off time in a temperature controlled drying room. By keeping this room cool the ideal settings for the egg are maintained. Once dry they move through to the grading room where each egg is candled. This is a process of inspecting inside the egg to check for abnormalities and blood spots. Each egg passes over a light to enable the operator to see through the shell to the inside. The eggs will then pass the specially designed print head and a picture of the Blue Duck, a lay date, a best before date and a batch number is printed on the egg in clear, bold, blue food grade ink.

The egg grading machine weighs each egg for size and they are then placed into specially designed egg boxes where they await shipping in another temperature controlled store room. Stock will normally leave the store room the day after being laid to one of a number of stockist around the country. Every month a sample of eggs produced are supplied to the Veterinarian Laboratory to be tested for any infections, again a process which is not a legal requirement but something Watercress Lane Duck Eggs realise is imperative in keeping the product safe and perfect.

It is vitally important for everyone to know their food has come from producers that follow recognised welfare standards and exactly how fresh and safe it is. The information Watercress Lane provide means that there are no concerns when a box or tray of their eggs are purchased. Date of lay and best before is clear to see and with the ‘Blue Duck’ image there is obvious reassurance that the birds themselves have the highest of care and the eggs are as safe as can be.