What's New ? - 2024

What's New ? - 2024

Scotland considers ban on enriched egg cages

3 April, 2024 The Scottish government has initiated a consultation regarding the prohibition of colony cages, alternatively termed as "enriched cages," utilized for hens in egg production. These replaced the previous barren cages in 2012. Battery cages for birds were outlawed in the UK in the same year.
However, in Scotland, over 1.1 million chickens are still housed in "enriched cages," which offer more space for nesting, roosting, and scratching compared to the smaller battery cages.
The Scottish government's inclination leans towards a ban on installing new cages starting from 2033, followed by a complete cessation of housing birds in enriched cages from 2034. The consultation additionally solicits opinions on prohibiting the use of enriched cages from 2030. Read More

USA: Egg prices are rising again

24 March, 2024 According to Nerdwallet, egg prices are once again on the upswing due to outbreaks of avian influenza. HPAI A(H5) viruses have been detected in U.S. wild aquatic birds, commercial poultry, and backyard or hobbyist flocks since January 2022, affecting more than 82 million birds across 48 states to date.
Nerdwallet cited the latest Consumer Price Index, which revealed a 5.8% increase in egg prices from January to February alone. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) additionally indicates that the average cost of a dozen Grade A eggs rose from $2.52 in January to $3 in February. Read More

EU: Residues & substances in animals & products - 2022 report

EFSA 11 March, 2024 A new report summarises the monitoring data collected in 2022 on the presence of residues of veterinary medicinal products and certain substances in live animals and animal products in the EU Member States, Iceland and Norway.
The main results in poultry:
For anticoccidials, 0.12% of the samples (15) analysed were non-compliant and in eggs 0.49% (28 samples). For antibacterials, six countries reported a total of 15 non-compliant samples and results. 16 non-compliant samples were reported under chemical elements (copper, cadmium, lead and zinc) by five countries. Read More

USDA finalizes voluntary 'Product of USA' labeling rule

11 March, 2024 The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary, Tom Vilsack, has announced the finalization of a rule aimed at aligning the voluntary “Product of USA” label claim with consumers' understanding of its meaning. This final rule aims to ensure that consumers can trust the authenticity of the label when they see ‘Product of USA’, knowing that every step, from birth to processing, was carried out in America.
The USDA’s final “Product of USA” rule permits the voluntary use of the “Product of USA” or “Made in the USA” label claim exclusively on meat, poultry, and egg products that originate from animals born, raised, slaughtered, and processed within the United States. The rule seeks to eliminate misleading U.S. origin labeling in the market, thereby ensuring that consumers receive truthful information about the origins of their food. Read More

Americans to consume 1.45 billion chicken wings at Super Bowl

2 February, 2024 As per the National Chicken Council's 2024 Wing Report, Americans are expected to consume 1.45 billion wings while watching the Kansas City and San Francisco championship game.
This year's estimate remains steady compared to 2023, attributed to slightly lower chicken production levels and a 13% decrease in wing stocks in cold storage reported by the USDA in November compared to the previous year. This could account for the heightened demand and subsequent increase in wholesale wing prices. Read More

UK: Poultry farmers win landmark avian influenza compensation case

20 January, 2024 A significant legal victory has been achieved by a collective of NFU members in a groundbreaking case against the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). The case revolves around compensation for poultry farmers impacted by an outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI) on their farms. With the backing of the NFU and its Legal Assistance Scheme, the poultry farmers effectively argued that the APHA had misconstrued the legal foundations of its compensation scheme. They contended that the agency failed to adequately compensate farmers whose birds were in good health at the time the decision was made to cull them. Read More

USA: Egg prices experience an upward trend

20 January, 2024 Egg prices are on the rise again and are expected to continue into the first part of 2024 due to a new outbreak of avian influenza. In December, the average cost of a dozen Grade A large eggs increased to $2.51 from $2.14 in November, marking an 8.9% jump. Despite this monthly increase, egg prices are still 23.8% lower than in December 2022.Prior to February 2022, the average dozen eggs had consistently remained below $2 since March 2016. However, prices more than doubled from the beginning of 2022, reaching a peak of $4.82 per dozen in January 2023. Although prices fell steadily afterward, they had not returned to pre-pandemic levels before experiencing another increase. The spike in egg prices is primarily attributed to the widespread outbreak of H5N1, which began in early 2022 and became the largest avian influenza outbreak in U.S. history. Read More

British Lion Eggs invests £1M in trust for marketing

10 January, 2024 In January 2024, a significant £1 million marketing campaign will kick off to highlight the advantages of British Lion eggs. Endorsed by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for safe consumption in a runny state for all age groups, the initiative will convey messages of trust and inspiration through compelling content. This content will be disseminated by popular social influencers, safety and nutritional experts, and media partnerships. Read More