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Australian Egg Industry Supports Consumer Choice

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Today James Kellaway, Managing Director of the Australian Egg Corporation Limited has rejected the claims made by Choice magazine, saying "Choice has belittled all Australian egg farmers by trivializing the uncertainty of the definition of free range farming as shonky in what is a very complex issue".

The Australian Egg Corporation Limited's (AECL's) Egg Corp Assured program is a voluntary program that is based around the 4th Edition of the Model Code of Practice for the welfare of Animals Domestic Poultry, as recognized by Choice magazine in July of 2008.

The national industry quality assurance scheme - Egg Corp Assured (ECA) was initially developed under a research project leading to the National Egg Quality Assurance Program. This was revised and presented as a national scheme by the Australian Egg Corporation Limited (AECL) in December 2004.

While AECL has taken action to define consumer expectations in free range eggs, we are unaware of any research done by Choice in this area, to define their assertion of "true free range". AECL encourage, and fully support the regulation and enforcement of standards within the egg industry, as long as those standards are meaningful and take into account available and reliable science, as well as consumer preferences.

AECL strongly believe all egg production systems have their own advantages and disadvantages in relation to hen welfare, and fully supports the right of all consumers to exercise freedom of choice when they are presented with the vast array of choice at the supermarket.

Best practice in hen welfare is largely determined by the animal husbandry practices of egg farmers, rather than the production systems that they use.

For more information please contact Jacqueline Baptista on 02 9409 6909 or 0411 192 329 or emailjacqueline@aecl.org 

 

Jacqueline Baptista

Communications Manager

Australian Egg Corporation

Australian Egg Industry supports consumer choice