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EU PRODUCERS CONCERNED OVER NEED TO CONFINE FLOCKS

  

Feb 3, 2017

    

In the face of mounting cases of HPAI in the EU, the European Commission is reviewing the conflict which has arisen between marketing free range eggs and the need to confine flocks to barns to mitigate the risk of H5N8 avian influenza.

The implications in terms of “Free Range” label claims for eggs derived from confined flocks are self-evident.

  

According to regulations which have been in existence from 2008, confining free-range flocks for extended periods will result in loss of status. 

In view of the fact that confinement may extend for periods over twelve weeks during seasonal outbreaks of HPAI, the European Commission has been requested to amend the regulation in the light of the reoccurring seasonal outbreaks of the infection introduced by migratory birds.