No Second Thoughts on EU Cage Ban Deadline

EU - The 2012 European conventional cage ban has come under scrutiny in recent months due to what many see as an implausible goal, but the EU Health Commissioner is in doubt that the targets can be achieved and will not turn back on the proposed timeline.
calendar icon 30 May 2008
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According to Farmers Weekly Interactive, Androula Vassiliou's spokeswoman Nina Papadoulaki made it clear that there would be no extra time for EU egg producers to convert to alternative systems. The news agency reported that derogations would not be needed and the manufacture, delivery and installation of alternative systems would not be a problem. This is in response to the sector's claims there is insufficient time to make the switch before the deadline.

The Commission understands that the leading laying cage manufacturers have a plan to contract-out the manufacture and erection work to local engineers to get the job completed on time.

"They will deliver products, commodities and materials worldwide for local engineers to build the systems. They could therefore ask the producers/suppliers for material to increase production or just ask another supplier. Like this they could double the production easily," she said.

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