Egg stamp­ing vote

The Poultry Bulletin - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

Fol­low­ing a scam in New Zealand in­volv­ing the sale of caged eggs as free-range, Michael Brooks of the New Zealand Egg Fed­er­a­tion said the in­dus­try was look­ing to in­crease its sel­f­reg­u­la­tion and will soon vote to in­tro­duce com­pul­sory egg stamp­ing.

The scheme, to be rolled out over the next year, will see eggs stamped with unique codes at the source of lay­ing, which will al­low con­sumers to trace egg source on­line.

“The fo­cus is look­ing at an egg stamp­ing with a farm iden­ti­fied and a pro­duc­tion iden­ti­fier, a num­ber sys­tem which is used in­ter­na­tion­ally to iden­tify a prod­uct so that con­sumers are able to go to a web­site and see where it is from,” said Brooks.

The move fol­lows on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Palace Poul­try, which is be­lieved to have sold mil­lions of caged eggs in free-range pack­ag­ing in lo­cal su­per­mar­kets.¡

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