“I congratulate Federal Minister Kelly O’Dwyer and State Consumer Affairs Ministers for their deliberative and evidence-based approach to this issue. The egg industry has displayed strong growth over the past decade due to rising per capita consumption of eggs (a little over 200 eggs per year/person). “EFA thanks all state consumer affairs ministers for their work and deliberation in agreeing to this standard. “Consumers too have secured a win. Accurate information about free range eggs can be found there.”. Earlier this week, Egg Farmers of Australia presented Minister Dominello with a new definition of free range agreed to unanimously by the State Egg representative bodies that compromise EFA. has the cleanest hens producing the cleanest eggs. Learn more about the Australian Egg industry here. It’s difficult to understand why they keep moving the goal posts and adding unnecessary conjecture to this process. State and Federal Ministers have agreed on a definition which emphasizes that hens must be given meaningful access to the range, which means hens will have the freedom to roam as they please. EFA promotes and ensures the sustainability of the whole Australian egg industry, developing and advocating policy and participating in public conversations on issues … This includes through the development and advocacy of policy, and in our participation in public conversations on issues affecting the industry. Caged eggs make up more than 50% of production because that’s that product that consumers continue to choose. If you want to get the facts about caged egg farming, you can check out the attached fact sheet. “The use of therapeutic antibiotics in the egg industry is very limited and only under the direction of a veterinarian responsible for the health and the welfare of hens and under the strict mandated requirements of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority,” Mr Kellaway said. Our members include: 98% of all farms are family owned and operated. “The new standard will bring simplicity and clarity to the term free range and it will ensure that when consumers choose to buy free range they will know exactly what they are getting,” said John Dunn, CEO, Egg Farmers of Australia. Fifty per cent of all eggs sold in supermarkets are cage eggs. Australian egg farmers produce Choice for hens is the winner on the basis of this definition. Egg farmers use three main farming methods to meet consumers’ needs. “Getting the definition right is a critical one for our industry ‐ it’s important to strike a balance between providing surety for our farmers and transparency for our consumers,” Mr Coward concluded. The debate on free range has delayed investment in new farms and has placed a hand-break on innovation and productivity. Egg Farmers of Australia is the national representative body of Australian egg farmers. We represent eighty five percent of all Australian egg farming. EFA is a primary supporter of legally enforceable animal welfare standards for each farming method. Egg Farmers of Australia (EFA) has welcomed the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) issued today by the Commonwealth Government. Many people are concerned about animal welfare, most of all, egg farmers themselves. For media enquiries, please call (02) 9409 6909 or visit www.eggfarmersaustralia.org. We represent eighty five percent of all Australian egg farming and our members are involved in all farming methods, including cage, barn, and free range. Displaying stock density information on egg cartons gives the choice to consumers. “After years of uncertainty, farmers will have the confidence to invest in new free range farming facilities and technologies, such as new environmental controls in sheds to keep hens cool during summer and enrichments to range areas. This ensures that consumers can have confidence that our hens are protected and that all farmers are meeting those standards, and therefore the community’s expectations. Egg Farmers of Australia will be considering the contents of the RIS and making a submission on the matter in the near future. Australian egg farmers produce 16.9 million eggs every day to feed the nation, which is 6.2 billion eggs each year. As the process to change the levy takes a considerable time, AECL proposes that any levy collected in surplus of the EADR industry liability will be held in trust by Animal Health Australia for use if the Australian egg industry should incur another EADR liability in future. Each method has advantages and disadvantages, but all are vital to meet the needs of Australian families. We know the eggs we snag from the grocery store come with an expiration date stamped on the side, but eggs from a farm? We hope others involved in this debate, such as Choice, will take a constructive and responsible approach on this issue.