No-deal Brexit 'could bring return of low-welfare egg imports'

Sunday, March 10, 2019
The Guardian

Farming and industry groups seek government assurances for consumers and UK farmers

Billions of eggs produced by hens kept in battery cages could be back on the UK menu in the event of a no-deal Brexit unless the government acts to protect consumers, the industry will warn this week.

The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) and the welfare group Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) have joined forces to seek assurances from ministers that consumers will not be exposed to eggs or egg products from non-EU countries such as the US, Ukraine, India and Argentina where animal welfare standards are significantly lower.

They are worried that the government has so far refused to confirm that tariffs will be put in place on foreign eggs and egg products, potentially opening the door to the import of eggs produced in cages that were banned in the UK in 2012 on animal cruelty grounds. ...


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