Free range eggs have been dealt with misleading and deceptive conduct claims in the past, often due to the lack of clarity regarding what constitutes as ‘free range’. A new, legally binding national standard is being developed that provides a clear definition of “free range eggs”.
“Free range eggs” must come from hens that have “meaningful and regular access” to an outdoor range, with a stocking density of up to 10,000 birds per hectare. Egg farmers will also be required to disclose their outdoor stocking density under the new standard.
The decision regarding stocking density is controversial as the CSIRO reported in their voluntary Model Code of Practice (endorsed by the ACT and many animal welfare groups) suggest a limit of 1500 hens per hectare, unless the hens are regularly rotated. On the other hand, it is argued that the 10,000 stocking density is supported by scientific evidence and that it helps to keep free range eggs affordable to consumers.
If you are require advice concerning the representations you have made to consumers or are unsure about your claims, do not hesitate to contact Gladwin Legal on or 1300 033 934.