Friday, April 05, 2013

ACCC gets tough

Many 'free range' egg producers in Australia are running for cover now that the ACCC has begun a campaign to clean up the industry.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued Substantiation Notices under Consumer Law to a cross section of the egg industry in Australia. The operators who have received the notices will have to justify the claims made on their packaging and promotional material - many do not even come close to meeting the standards required by the Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals - Domestic Poultry.

The Australian Egg Corporation Ltd is trying to cover its backside as the dodgy operators are claiming they have only done what AECL told them was OK.

Should be an interesting few months. It might even help to fix up some of the certification and accreditation bodies which have very slack inspection standards (if they bother to inspect at all).

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