Monday, January 22, 2018

Unfair compliance costs for egg farmers

The cost of complying with a range of national and state regulations adds at least 20% to the cost of eggs in Australia. Legitimate egg farmers are required to meet stringent planning regulations as well as food safety , packaging and labelling laws, while some operators are completely exempt from regulations. This results in unfair competition with many thousands of eggs sold to unsuspecting consumers each week. Those eggs from non-compliant producers have a lower cost base and meet no food safety standards- presenting a severe risk to families. Politicians don't care. Ministers at State and Federal levels ignore the problem. The industry needs a level playing field so that everyone who sells eggs is required to comply with the same standards.

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