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NFU: The 'Good Egg' List

by 5m Editor
13 March 2012, at 8:42am

UK - British egg producers have invested £400 million to meet new legislation that came into force on New Year’s Day and banned battery cages across the EU.

However, it has emerged that many producers in European countries have failed to adopt these new 'enriched' welfare standards.

As a result, the NFU, British Egg Industry Council and British egg farmers are extremely concerned that eggs produced by hens housed illegally in old-style battery cages may enter the food chain in this country – therefore undermining both the investment UK farmers have made and their commitment to higher welfare.

Because of the very serious risk these eggs pose to the future of the industry, the NFU, BEIC and Defra have been engaging with some the country’s leading supermarkets, food chains, food processors and manufacturers. Those who have said they will not source eggs from producers using the old-style cages are listed below.

So, who are the 'good eggs'? Who has confirmed a commitment not to source from producers using old-style cages?

STOP PRESS: Companies added 12 March 2012:

Samworth Brothers - chilled foods
Chatwins - Cheshire/Staffordshire bakery firm

Are you a good egg? If you would like to join NFU's list please send an email here confirming your sourcing policy.

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