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Originally published Friday, March 30, 2012 at 3:49 PM

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Summary Box: Europe faces Easter egg quandary

INCREDIBLE AND EDIBLE: Demand for eggs traditionally reaches its peak around Easter, but this year the egg industry has been hit by the European Union's new requirements for bigger, more animal-friendly cages for hens.

The Associated Press

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INCREDIBLE AND EDIBLE: Demand for eggs traditionally reaches its peak around Easter, but this year the egg industry has been hit by the European Union's new requirements for bigger, more animal-friendly cages for hens.

STICKER SHOCK: The European Commission said that overall the price for table eggs in early March was 55 percent higher compared to the previous year and officials said the increase has somewhat tapered off in past days.

PAINT IT BLACK: It makes for a costly tradition on a continent where millions have grown up painting or dyeing eggs as children and are now facing economic crisis.

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