October 3, 2020


Australians feel assured of getting 'safe, reliable' supply of eggs during pandemic



Australians' trust in the egg industry increased again this year, with four in five Australians saying that "having a safe, reliable supply of eggs is comforting" during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is according to the 2020 community research report on the Australian egg industry from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).


The 2020 national survey, conducted between April 22 and May 7, offered an opportunity to take account of and document the impacts of the pandemic on community attitudes toward the egg industry, CSIRO said.


Among those polled, 39% said they were "very" or "extremely" worried about COVID-19, and 80.5% of participants agreed that "having a safe, reliable supply of eggs is comforting" during the pandemic.


For the third year in a row, the egg industry was perceived by respondents to be responsive to community concerns. This perception has significantly improved year-on-year from 2018 to 2020.


"It's clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased community awareness of the importance of food safety and security in Australia. But what we can also see is that on key measures like community trust, the 2020 data continues a positive trend for the egg industry independent of the effects of the pandemic," said Dr Kieren Moffat, CSIRO senior research scientist, according to The Poultry Site.


Rowan McMonnies, managing director of Australian Eggs, said that the CSIRO research "shows that right now, for Australians, providing safe, nutritious, affordable and secure food staples, like eggs, is more important than ever".


He stressed the importance of eggs in the Australian diet, noting that 85% of Australians rely on eggs as staple food.


Australians eat around 15 million eggs every day, or about 5.5 billion eggs a year. This translates to about 230 eggs per person each year.