Austrian database planned after cheap eggs scam

People’s Party (ÖVP) Environment Minister Nikolaus Berlakovich has unveiled plans to set up a country-wide egg-farming database following a recent business scandal.Berlakovich’s initiative comes after it emerged that a Styrian company imported substandard eggs from Poland and Hungary to sell them as local products. Recent reports have it that Rohr an der Raab-based Goldmund sold some of the eggs under the counter to save taxes.The minister said today (Thurs) he thought of an anti-BSE database – which was set up to ensure no mad cow meat would be sold in Austria – as an example for his planned egg-trading platform.Berlakovich said all traders and sellers of eggs in Austria will have to inform authorities about their business activities by entering sale figures and other detailed information in the database.