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EGGSACTLY WHAT IS GOING ON HERE WITH THE NEW EGG STANDARDS

THE GOVERNMENT ‘EGG RORT’

The NSW Greens are a step closer to ending what they’ve labelled the “egg rort”, after their bill setting a standard definition for free-range eggs passed the state’s upper house.

The truth in labelling bill passed through the Legislative Council today without going to a vote, despite the government earlier saying it would not support the changes.

The legislation, which was amended by Labor, sets a free-range stocking density of 1500 birds per hectare.

Industry  Egg Corporation body wants a ratio of 20,000 birds per hectare.

The bill will now go to the lower house, with Greens MP John Kaye promising a “massive campaign” to persuade the Liberal and National parties to back the free-range standards.

“Premier Barry O’Farrell needs to stand up to the Egg Corporation and the industrial caged egg producers to stop them increasing free-range stocking densities to a massive 20,000 birds per hectare,” Dr Kaye said.

“If this legislation makes it through the lower house, egg consumers in NSW will have confidence that when they pay more for a free range egg, they’re really getting an egg that came from a chicken that lived a decent life.

“Ending the egg rorts, stopping the 16 per cent of eggs that are labelled as free range but really come from a caged hen, is not only about protecting consumers and chickens, it’s also about protecting small free range farmers who are struggling to survive in the face of unfair competition.”

AAP

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha


October 21st, 2011
Topic: FOOD DRINK, GOVERNMENT, Poultry Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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