Germany: ‘Organic egg fraud’

25 February 2013 – Presseurop Die Welt
Die Welt, 25 February 2013

Prosecutors in Oldenburg are investigating 150 companies in the state of Lower Saxony and 50 more elsewhere in the Federal Republic amid claims eggs were being mis-sold.

The firms are suspected of passing off millions of eggs from battery hens as “free range and organic” in a fraud that may have lasted several years.

If the investigation, which was launched in 2011 and was revealed by the weekly Der Spiegel on February 23, proves successful, those convicted will face fines and prison sentences of up to a year.