07Choice is urging consumers to boycott 19 brands of eggs that can be labelled ‘free range’ under new government standards. It says there are too many hens per hectare and farmers should be made to adhere to CSIRO recommendations.
Government standards stipulate that if farmers run no more than 10,000 hens per hectare of farmland, the size of a professional sports oval, they can label their eggs free range.
However, Choice spokesman Tom Godfrey said the CSIRO recommended only 1500 hens per hectare.
Mr Godfrey said there were 19 brands under this proposed boycott. This includes Aldi, Coles and Woolworths brands that have an outdoor stocking density of up to 10,000 hens per hectare.
“Unfortunately, consumer affairs ministers today voted to lock-in misleading free-range egg labels, and that is why we are calling for consumers to boycott these products,” Mr Godfrey said.
“Eggs that come from hens that don’t go outside and have high stocking densities don’t meet consumers’ expectations and don’t deserve the free-range label.
“Because of this, we are calling on consumers to boycott bad eggs that have an outdoor stocking density of up to 10,000 hens per hectare.”
The Boycott List
Choice is calling consumers to boycott the following free-range egg producers:
- Aldi Lodge Farm
- Coles Free Range Eggs
- Country Fresh
- Eco Eggs
- Farm Pride
- Field Fresh
- Western Australia Golden Eggs
- Manning Valley
- Meggles Farm
- Misty Mountain
- Pace Farm
- Pace Omega 3
- South Gippsland
- Woolworths Select
- Essential Foods
To read the full buyer’s guide visit www.choice.com.au