After many years of debate and consultation, the information standard will bring greater certainty and confidence to egg farmers and consumers across the country.
The new information standard requires eggs sold as free range to be laid by hens that have meaningful and regular access to outdoors during daylight hours, that are able to roam and forage outdoors, and that are subject to a stocking density of a maximum of 10,000 hens per hectare (1 hen per square metre). To help the public understand more about free range egg farming, AECL partnered with a free range farmer that operates at 10,000 hens per hectare to discuss their approach to egg farming and different stocking densities. The video can be found here: youtube.com/watch?v=BQDZJ679PNE
The information standard also requires farmers labelling eggs for wholesale or retail sale to ensure that the outdoor stocking density is prominently displayed on the packaging. This way consumers that are interested in outdoor stocking densities will have all the information they need to make an informed decision.
Further details on the information standard are set out in the Eggsplainer.
The ultimate output of AECL's Salmonella Initiative will be a through-chain risk idenitification report that includes research-based knowledge to be used as the basis for management of each risk which will also identify knowledge gaps that can be filled through the AECL R&D program.
Through the Salmonella Initiative AECL has been collaborating with relevant through-chain stakeholders (producers, retailers, health departments, regulators, food service operators, chefs) to identify appropriate controls measures at various stages through chain. For further information, please click here.