VIDEO | Egg eaters misled on 213 million free range eggs
CONSUMER advocacy group Choice says 213 million eggs sold in Aussie shops every year fall short of consumer expectations.
Choice has been running a campaign to bring about changes to free range egg labelling, which they say will make it easier for egg munchers to know that what they are frying, scrambling or poaching is indeed free range.
But in an effort to bring some clarity to the matter, state and federal ministers will meet today to come to a consensus on a new national "free range" standard that will be legally binding.
As it stands egg companies can splash "free range" all over their packaging when in reality the chooks are cooped up or packed into tiny spaces and fail to meet the non-binding standard for stocking density set by the CSIRO.
The CSIRO recommends a stocking density of 1,500 hens per hectare for eggs to be classified as truly free range.
Although Choice spokesman Tom Godfrey would like to see the national "free range" standard fall within CSIRO recommendations, he fears the new standard will
be set at 10,000 hens per hectare which will favour big egg farms and the likes of supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths.
"10,000 is a long way from what consumers would expect free range to be," Mr Godfrey said.
"Choice supports the move to have the national stocking density for free range set at 1,500 and for that to be stated on the pack."