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Egg Production Definitions

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The Australian Egg Corporation (AECL) is looking to robust science, consumer
expectations and commercial reality to identify definitions and minimum standards for all
egg production systems.

AECL have considered ten known national and international standards of free-range egg
farming, conducted extensive, independent and robust consumer research into
understanding and expectations of consumers, consulted rigorous and repeatable scientific
research on hen husbandry and engaged in extensive industry consultation to ensure that
these minimum standards are rigorous and practical.

At this stage there has been no commitment to any changes. AECL have been running
workshops in every state for all egg farmers to provide comment on possible definitions
and minimum standards for all forms of egg production.

Australian egg farmers have been heavily criticised for the lack of universally recognized
definitions for all methods of egg production. AECL is attempting to give consumers a
“line in the sand” that acts as a minimum benchmark that egg farmers must meet in
commercial production. That said, this would be a minimum standard, with egg farmers
wishing to farm above this benchmark having a valuable opportunity to market their
product as superior to the minimum standard.

AECL look forward to finalizing the workshops and receiving the feedback from egg
farmers so that the expectations of consumers, science and commercial reality can interact
with recognized universal standards to continue providing a safe, nutritious and natural
food source to Australian families.

For more information please contact:
Jacqueline Baptista
Communication Manager
02 9409 6909

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