New Egg Standards under Discussion

by 5m Editor
19 September 2011, at 10:40am

AUSTRALIA - The industry body is on discussion with egg producers about new standards that are more transparent to consumers.

Representing all egg production systems, the Australian Egg Corporation Ltd (AECL) is in discussions with egg producers about new egg standards for Australia.

This standard must consider consumer expectations, robust science and commercial reality as it relates to bird health and welfare, food safety and environmental stewardship.

Stocking densities of up to two birds per square metre provide hens with the ability to display all their natural behaviours. They can roam while having access to food, water and shelter in the hen-house.

AECL is working to improve the current situation by establishing a cap on free-range stocking densities. There is currently no cap on free-range stocking densities. This is unacceptable, it says. AECL believes these changes would be a substantial improvement on the current situation, and it seeks this to be legislated and enforced by government.

The egg industry needs to feed a growing population with an affordable source of quality protein. It is the industry's social responsibility, says AECL, which believes this definition will provide clarity, consistency and transparency.

For the proposed standards for free-range, barn and cage systems from AECL, click here.