Wednesday, September 09, 2009

An open letter to the Minister for Agriculture

The Hon Tony Burke MP
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
PO Box 6022

Dear Minister,
Re: The lack of a clear national definition for free range eggs
Recent on-going publicity highlighting dubious practices in the egg industry shows that it is time for consumers to be protected from unscrupulous producers. I urge you to frame legislation which clearly defines the term 'Free Range' so it is more aligned with consumer expectations.
Research at farmers' markets has demonstrated that consumers who currently buy free range eggs do so because they believe that the hens are not de-beaked and that they are able to range all day on vegetated land.
Perhaps to satisfy the major industry producers, there needs to be two definitions – one for intensive free range and one for traditional free range
Yours sincerely
Anne Westwood
Please contact the Minister if you think there should be a realistic definition of the term 'free range'.

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