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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

NSW govt free-range egg labelling forum set up to fail

John Kaye NSW MP

Media release: 24 April 2012

Primary Industry Minister Katrina Hodgkinson has deliberately excluded
Choice and the RSPCA from the O'Farrell government's egg labelling forum to
ensure that the large industrial producers can continue to mislead
consumers, according to Greens MP John Kaye.

(' No sunny side with free-range change', Sydney Morning Herald 24 April
2012, page 3, http://j.mp/smh120424).

Greens MP John Kaye said: "The forum was never intended to stop the
exploitation of consumers and genuine free-range farmers.

"The forum's membership, timeline and internal processes were carefully
crafted to guarantee an ineffective outcome that leaves the big industrial
producers unconstrained by a legislated definition of free range.

"Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson wanted to create a
smokescreen to hide the industrial egg producers' push to stop a legislated
definition of free range eggs.

"The big industrial producers were clearly scared by the successful passage
of the Greens Truth in Labelling Bill through the NSW upper house. Their
absurd definitions of free-range and the handsome profits they bring are at

"The Minister obliged with a process that gives only the illusion of
protection for consumers and free range farmers.

"Consumers who are prepared to pay more for an egg produced without cruelty
and the welfare of laying hens have been sacrificed to placate the
interests of agribusiness," Dr Kaye said.

For more information:    John Kaye 0407 195 455

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