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Changes to Egg Rule Still Ruffling Feathers in Tasmania

27 November 2013

AUSTRALIA - Small-scale farmers in Tasmania are already objecting to the State Government's draft standards for egg producers.

ABC News reports that after a public backlash against egg labelling, the Government is proposing that backyard producers with fewer than 20 hens who sell eggs, will be given a hand-held stamp.

Those with more than 20 birds must also submit to regular inspections.

The Department of Primary Industry's Chris Lyell says the draft rules should bring Tasmania into line with national standards, and help track down sources of contamination.

"It can enable easier tracing of that egg back to a producer," he said.

But chicken breeder and organic farmer Paul Healy says the regulations go too far.

"Anyone who has 20 birds or more still has to go through a farm egg production audit," he said.

The rules are open for public comment until January.

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