New, higher welfare standard for British Lion barn eggs

Friday, November 1, 2019
The Poultry Site


In a bold move, the British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) paved the way for a new barn standard under the British Lion Quality Code of Practice, after a period of consultation with its subscribers.

Following the announcement by major retailers and some wholesalers to sell only ‘cage-free’ eggs after 2025, producers have wanted clear guidance on the type of barn system in which to invest.

The BEIC has worked closely with Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and Tesco to develop a standard for UK barn egg production, capable of delivering higher levels of animal welfare, while providing a sound commercial opportunity for producers. BEIC subscribers agreed the new standard at a recent meeting.

This significant move comes well ahead of the retailers’ cage-free commitment deadline and allows packers and producers to invest with confidence in good aviary designs, especially as the new standard prohibits the use of highly intensive systems, such as the combination system, in a move that is fully supported by CIWF.

The investment in the new barn standard has been made possible by CIWF’s long-term support and enables producers to invest with confidence.

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