Egg producers lax with quality licences
Less than 20 percent of Australian egg producers hold a licence that
guarantees quality to the consumer through the Egg Corp Assured auditing system
set up by the industry in November 2004.
The Australian Egg
Corporation confirmed yesterday that only 79 of its more than 400 members
had been granted licences under the Egg Corp
Eggs produced under the scheme must meet standards concerning animal welfare,
animal health, food safety, environmental management and labelling.
But only seven out of 19 suppliers to Queensland's largest egg distributor,
Sunny Queen, hold the licences.
A spokeswoman for Pace
Farm, the largest single supplier of eggs in the country, said that the
company's egg producers were working through the accreditation process, which
was exceptionally stringent.
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