The Australian Egg Corporation are in discussions with egg producers about new egg standards for Australia.
The standard must consider consumer expectations, robust science and commercial reality as it relates to bird health and welfare, food safety and environmental stewardship.
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, which the AECL calls unacceptable saying that these changes would be a substantial improvement on the current situation.
“We seek this to be legislated and enforced by government”, said the organization in a statement. “The egg industry needs to feed a growing population with an affordable source of quality protein. This is our industry’s social responsibility. We believe this definition will provide clarity, consistency and transparency.”
Source: Australian Egg Corporation