European authorities do not intend to postpone the ban
on laying cages in 2012, despite problems in execution of the decision in some
This became clear from a leaked report of the European
Commission, according to the Brussels agriculture newsletter
"Any postponement would be a punishment for those poultry farmers who have
invested in new systems," according to the report that will be published this
Laying cages do not give much room for the chicken. The system is detrimental
to the birds' health and an egg from a cage system is only €0.01 to €0.02
cheaper than from systems where the hens have more space, the report said.
The competition (cost) advantage of non-European egg suppliers will be
limited through import levies and transport costs.
The European Commission underlines that the ban on laying cages only is
applicable to consumption eggs. It is suggested to extend the rules to make them
applicable for eggs destined for processing as well.
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