Media release: 14 May 2012
The Egg Corporation has been caught using false and misleading
statements to justify their 20,000 hens per hectare free-range standard,
according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye. ('Protest forces scrambled over
free-range change', Sydney Morning Herald, 14 May 2012, page 5,
The myths being pedalled by the mouthpiece of the large egg factories
* "The current industry standard does not place a cap on free-range
stocking densities" The Greens NSW have obtained legal advice that that
clearly states the limit is 1,500 birds per hectare.
* "Research supports 20,000 birds per hectare in free-range systems"
The author of the research has rejected its use by the Egg Corporation.
* "If Australia does not increase the free-range stocking density the
market will be flooded with cheap imports from Asia". Quarantine
restrictions prohibit the importation of hard shell eggs into
Dr Kaye said: "The only way the Egg Corporation can justify their
absurd 20,000 hens per hectare free-range standard is to misrepresent
international research, distort the Model Code and fear-monger about
"The Egg Corporation is trying to create an entire mythology around
"The NSW Liberals and Nationals need to take another look at the story
being fed to them by the industry before they reject the Greens bill for
a legislated standard.
"The big industrial producers are terrified of losing their access to
lucrative free-range deception.
"The Model Code clearly states that the free-range stocking densities
are limited to 1,500 birds per hectare. This is confirmed not just by
our legal advice but by the industry's interpretation of the Code since
"The mouthpiece of the big industrial producers fear mongering using
threats of eggs being brought in from Asia has come unstuck. Quarantine
regulations prohibit the import of hard shell eggs.
"The Egg Corporation is playing fast and loose with the truth to stop
the Greens legislation enforcing a 1,500 birds per hectare standard
"The Greens are mobilising free range consumers across NSW to tell
their local MPs that 'free-range' must mean free-range.
"We want every Liberal and National party MP to know that their
constituents will not accept being ripped off by the big egg producers,"
Dr Kaye said.
For more information: John Kaye 0407 195 455