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Support the BHWT’s campaign for Production Method labelling in the EU

Published on November 30, 2012 by Henny Penny in British Hen Welfare Trust

Here at Henny Penny Hen Houses we have long been supportive of all the good work carried out by the British Hen Welfare Trust. Their latest campaign aims to support British egg farmers who farm to high welfare standards and, importantly, who desire to continue to improve. 

Quoting from the BHWT website: The BHWT supports British egg farmers farming to high welfare standards, and wants to see farming remain strong in the UK where there is a desire to continue to improve welfare standards for laying hens. We have supported the EU laying hen’s directive, but following its implementation there is now a competitive threat to the EU egg industry from food manufactures choosing to use eggs produced in either non-compliant production systems in the EU and/or manufactured from conventional ‘battery’ cage production systems outside of the EU. 

These issues have been highlighted as major areas of concern by the British Egg Industry Council, British Free Range Egg Producers Association, British Egg Products Association, NFU Cymru and a UK parliamentary committee investigating the implications of the welfare of egg laying hen’s directive for the egg industry. 

To counteract this problem, we are seeking political support for the implementation of a production method labelling scheme for foods with egg as an ingredient across the EU. This campaign is supported by the British Egg Industry Council. We propose such a scheme would require manufactures to add country of origin and production method labelling information to ingredients list by name i.e. Ingredients: barn egg (UK), free-range egg (UK), colony egg (UK), conventional caged egg (non-EU). 

Such a labelling scheme will inform consumers of the welfare provenance of the egg within their food and minimise the impact of egg product produced in either non-compliant systems within the EU or conventional caged systems outside of the EU, being on sale in the EU and undermining compliant egg farmers. We require your help to gain support from politicians in the UK (MPs & MSPs) and Europe (MEPs) to adopt production method labelling for foods with egg as an ingredient. 

Please visit the BHWT website to give your support for this campaign. 

They have made it really easy by producing an excellent standard letter template for you to send to your local MP/MEP. The more vocal we can be collectively, the more likely we will continue to see improvements in conditions for laying hens, as well as clearly informing customers exactly where and under what conditions the eggs they are considering purchasing were produced. 

Thank you – I shall be sending my letter off today!

Support the BHWT’s campaign for Production Method labelling in the EU

Tags: British Hen Welfare Trust, Henny Penny Hen Houses, egg farmers, EU laying hen’s directive, British Egg Industry Council, British Free Range Egg Producers Association, British Egg Products Association, NFU Cymru, British Egg Industry Council

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