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THE FREE RANGE EGGS DEBATE

The debate over 'free range' eggs has continued for many years now and we were delighted when the Federal Government announced they would determine a National definition for free range eggs in 2015.  However, despite the Australian public taking every opportunity to let them know what they expect when they pay a premium for free range eggs, in March 2016 the Government decided to allow eggs to be labelled 'free range' from farms stocking up to 10,000 hens per hectare.

The egg industry has been trying to increase stocking densities for free range layer hens to 20,000 birds per hectare, whilst genuine free range farmers have modelled their production systems on the Model Code of Practice, stocking their hens at just 1,500 per hectare or less.  

In late 2015 the submissions to Treasury were overwhelmingly in favour of supporting the Model Code, setting stocking limits of 1500 birds per hectare.  As this has not been delivered, one of our tasks will be to educate the public on how to find genuine free range eggs because we believe consumers deserve to get what they expect when they pay a premium for eggs labelled 'free range'.

Australian Egg Corporation, the peak industry body for egg producers, argue that they want to make more free range eggs available to a growing population at a lower cost. They saw the increased consumer demand for free range, ethical produce and have tried to take advantage of it, high-jacking the true free range egg market.

Major Australian supermarkets also squeeze hens into small spaces by allowing up to 10,000 birds per hectare for their eggs labelled 'free range' - unfortunately this will now be legislated by the Federal Government.

We have been running a postcard campaign for consumers that wish to support the 1,500 stocking density, set out in the Model Code of Practice.  Thanks to your support so far, 40,000 signed postcards were delivered to the Prime Minister in May 2013. To read more about the story, click here.  

Fortunately, the ACCC (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) have shown us their support.  They listed 'free range eggs' as a top priority for 2013 and they continue to do thorough investigations into our complaints on this issue which we hope will yield some successful results.

The news articles below offer further details on the debate over free range eggs and humane farming.

LATEST NEWS - 2016

 

how to eat ethically (wellbeing.com)

22nd November 2016 click here

lost of the terms on meat labels mean nothing. nothing! (sbs food)

5th November 2016 click here

pastured egg producers angry over coming changes to 'free range' definition (ABC News)

9th September 2016 click here

Secret 7: best regional restaurant hot spots in nsw (news.com.au)

6th September 2016 click here

food tourism: farmers push for produce link with specific nsw areas (the daily telegraph)

23rd July 2016 click here

UK: tesco congratulated for making cage-free eggs commitment (esm)

18th July 2016 click here

alternative housing options for sows presents more challenges for pig industry (abc rural)

15th July 2016 click here

HSI HOPEFUL JUSTICE WILL BE DONE IN EGG CARTEL CASE APPEAL AFTER FORMER AUSTRALIAN EGG CORPORATION DIRECTOR FINED $120,000 (hsi media release)

4th May 2016 click here

nz's welfare act bans mulesing (farm weekly)

27th April 2016 click here

putting the chickens before the eggs (in daily)

27th April 2016 click here

Egg farms fined by federal court for making free-range claims (weekly times now)

15th April 2016 click here

latest free range court case highlights 10,000 hectare farce (hsi media release)

15th April 2016 click here

cheep shot - interview with HSI DIrector verna simpson on 'a question of balance'

12th April 2016 click here

consumer fraud set in legislation as agribusiness hijacks free range market (hsi media release)

31st March 2016 click here

govts 'bad eggs' on free-range

31st March 2016 click here

consumer fraud by big egg must stop, says hsi (hsi media release)

29th March 2016 click here

mid north lamb producer in bold bid to gain a premium for wunderbar lambs

19th March 2016 click here

deputy pm makes a sham of national egg labelling consultation (hsi media release)

9th March 2016 click here

Egg labelling could get scrambled

2nd March 2016 click here

how secret additives are given to chickens to make their egg yolk bright yellow

22nd February 2016 click here

Why do queenslanders buy more caged eggs? (hsi media release)

21st January 2016 click here

LATEST NEWS - 2015

 

accc bring clarity to the murky world of pork labelling (hsi media release)

3rd September 2016 click here

primo among pork brands caught making false 'free range' claims, says accc

3rd September 2015 click here

a wunderbar choice for heinrichs

26th August 2015 click here

are eggs meat?

19th August 2015 click here

why were the caged egg producers the only people at the table when the future of free range was being decided? (hsi media release)

18th June 2015 click here

food labelling: canny consumers should search for the source

30th May 2015 click here

industry quick to blame free range systems as bird flu hits american intensive poultry farms (Hsi media release)

30th April 2015 click here

major australian egg producer faces court for deceiving consumers (hsi media release)

8th April 2015 click here

HSI CALLS FOR URGENT CHANGES TO STOP CONFINED PIGS FROM BEING NEEDLESSLY BAKED TO DEATH

17th March 2015 click here 

LATEST NEWS - 2014

 

inedible when animals suffer

31st December 2014 download pdf 

ACCC SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON OTHER EGG CORP PRODUCERS

9th December 2014 click here 

south melbourne market not chicken to ban cage eggs

29th October 2014 click here 

pace farm denies cruelty to chickens

20th August 2014 click here 

maggie beer products acknowledges label likely to be misleading

19th August 2014 click here 

humane choice special features (Pork) in HSI July 2014 newsletter

6th August 2014 download pdf

Humane Choice special features (eggs) in HSI July 2014 newsletter

6th August 2014 download pdf

recent accc enforcement activites serve up 'food for thought'

15th July 2014 click here

why shaming saskia beer is not enough (hsi media release)

25th June 2014 click here

accc takes saskia beer to taks over misleading claims

16th June 2014 click here

free-range egg production definition to be considered by states

12th June 2014 click here

accc sends a clear message to egg producers

29th May 2014 click here 

accc institutes proceedings following alleged Egg cartel attempt

28th May 2014 click here 

egg producers sought to cull chickens and destroy eggs in a bid to raise prices: ACCC

28th May 2014 click here

A guide to free-range eggs

15 April 2014   click here

EGGS-ACTLY THE RIGHT BALANCE

24 February 2014   click here

LIVING GREEN: LAYING HENS

23 February 2014   click here

YOUNG FARM WAS NOT FREE RANGE: HSI'S LETTER TO BARNABY JOYCE

13 January 2014   click here

 

LATEST NEWS - 2013

 

HSI CELEBRATES MAJOR VICTORY AS ACCC SENDS EGG PRODUCERS TO COURT OVER MISLEADING 'FREE RANGE' EGG CLAIMS

11th December 2013 click here

EGG SHORTAGE OFFERS CONSUMERS OPPORTUNITY TO SWITCH TO TRUE FREE RANGE EGGS

4th December 2013 click here

TRUE FREE RANGE EGG FARMERS DEMAND JOYCE RETRACT BIRD FLU FURPHY

28th October 2013 click here

WIN FOR ISLAND EGGS

3rd October 2013 click here

WA BILL TO CRACK FREE-RANGE EGG CODE

3rd October 2013 click here

EGG PRODUCERS FORCED TO HIGHER STANDARDS FOR FREE-RANGE PRODUCTS

24th September 2013 click here

SOUTH AUSTRALIANS DESPERATE TO CRACK 'FREE RANGE' EGG LEGISLATION

24th September 2013 click here

EGG CORPORATION UNDER FULL INVESTIGATION BY THE ACCC

11th September 2013 click here

ACCC ACTS ON EGG INDUSTRY

10th September 2013 click here

WATCHDOG IS AIMING TO GET A FIX ON THE PRICE OF EGGS

10th September 2013 click here

A CRACKING GOOD EFFORT

22nd August 2012  click here
 

HUMANE CHOICE BREAKFAST CRACKS TRUE FREE RANGE EGGS FOR DETERMINED SOUTH AUSTRALIANS

14th August 2012  click here


NO MORE FREE RANGES EGGS IN QUEENSLAND

25th June 2013  click here


HUMANE CHOICE LAUDS SOUTH AUSTRALIAN DECISION ON FREE RANGE EGGS

17th June 2013  click here

GOVERNMENT YET TO RESPOND ON WESTPORK MATTER

22nd May 2013  click here


HSI PUSHES PRIME MINISTER TO LEGISLATE NATIONAL 'FREE RANGE' STANDARD

15th May 2013  click here
 

RECORD FINE FOR ANIMAL CRUELTY IN AUSTRALIA

11th April 2013  click here


COLES INTENSIFIES "FREE RANGE' EGG PRODUCTION, DUPING CUSTOMERS AND CRAMMING THOUSANDS OF HENS INTO SHEDS

4th March 2013  click here

REDEFINING 'FREE RANGE' FOR PROFIT  LEE MCCOSKER INTERVIEW WITH "A QUESTION OF BALANCE"

4th February 2013  click here


ACCC PRIORITISES "FREE RANGE" EGGS PROTECTING VULNERABLE CONSUMERS AND THE INTEGRITY OF FREE RANGE FARMING

21st February 2013   click here
 

DEBATE OVER DEFINITION OF FREE RANGE EGGS CONTINUES TO RAGE

20th February 2013   click here
 

SUPERMARKETS CALLED TO CORRECT FREE RANGE EGG DECEPTION

23rd January 2013   click here

 

Latest News - 2012

CONSUMERS FLOOD ACCC WITH SUPPORT FOR TRUE FREE RANGE

November 23rd 2012   click here

ACCC SUPPORTS HSI FREE RANGE CLAIMS

November 2 2012   click here

SHOCKING STOCKING DENSITIES BEING PUSHED FOR PROFIT LEE MCCOSKER INTERVIEW WITH "A QUESTION OF BALANCE"

August 28 2012  click here

ARE TWO HENS PER SQUARE METRE FREE RANGING? - LEE MCCOSKER INTERVIEW WITH "A QUESTION OF BALANCE"

August 17 2012  click here

ACT NOW! - ACCC CALLS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON FREE RANGE CHICKEN & TURKEY MEAT STANDARDS

July 26th 2012  click here

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN EGG PRODUCERS TURN THEIR BACKS ON EGG CORPORATION

July 26th 2012  click here

HAVE YOU WRITTEN TO SENATOR LUDWIG ON BEHALF OF THE CHICKENS?  

Some of our youngest members are getting involved in setting the right standards for free-range hens.  We hope these examples will provide an incentive to all.  Click here for more information

 

Example One 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Example Two

CONSUMER CHOICE HIGHJACKED FOR PRODUCER GAIN?

July 10th 2012  click here

A COLLECTIVE VOICE FOR CONSUMERS AND FREE RANGE HENS   

July 3rd 2012  click here
 

ACCC CALLS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON EGG STANDARDS  

May 24th 2012  click here
 

BEYOND DOUBT - INTENSIVE FARMING PRACTICES RESULTS IN STRESSED BIRDS

March 26th 2012  click here

 

HAPPY AS A PIG IN MUD     

Bellingen Courier-Sun, January 24, 2012    Mayfield Farm Produce



 





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