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MPs Discuss EU Cage Ban Implications

by 5m Editor
3 March 2011, at 11:39am

UK - The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee this week started to examine the implications of EU Council Directive 1999/74/EC: the Welfare of Laying Hens.

The Directive prohibits the use of conventional cages (commonly referred to as ‘battery cages’) for laying hens from 1 January 2012.

The Committee will consider in particular thhe implications of the Directive for the egg production, food processing and manufacturing sector in the UK.

It is also looking at how the European Commission plans to ensure compliance with the Directive and Defra's support for the egg and egg products industry.

The Committee heard oral evidence from The British Egg Industry Council, Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), The British Retail Consortium and Noble Foods Ltd.