Allegations made against Australia's egg industry for false egg labelling
Claims have been made by egg farmers, animal welfare activists and consumer
groups that some eggs sold on the Australian market are being falsely labelled
"free range" in order to get a higher price.
Animal Liberation spokeswoman Wendy Parsons told ABC TV's Landline program
that many of the nation's biggest free range producers also have battery hens
and she believes substitution is rife.
"The statistics, the surveys
prove it and it doesn't take Einstein to work out that there's something very
wrong with the way the industry's working," she said.
farmer Tom Fryar has told Landline as there is no legal definition of the term
'free range', and he wants legislation to be tightened.
of the clauses should be that you should either be free range, barn or caged,
not cage barn and free range all on the same farm because probably of a
substitution issue," he said.
"If you haven't got enough free range
eggs, it's too easy to go and get the eggs from that barn and pop them into a
free range carton and we all know that happens."
The Australian Egg Corporation says allegations of
large scale substitution are false.
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