A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on February 27th that various agencies including the FDA and the AMS acted in accordance with law in rejecting petitions by welfare advocacy organizations to label egg cartons with respect to housing system.
The organizations required all egg cartons to be labeled either “Free-Range Eggs”, “Cage-Free Eggs” or “Eggs from Caged Hens”
The petition was based on the false premise that eggs from caged hens are inferior in terms of nutritional content and more susceptible to Salmonella contamination. The U.S. FDA rejected the claims as “not persuasive”.