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UK stores nationwide will no longer have free-range eggs from Monday

Eggs will not be allowed to be labelled free-range from Monday

Chickens have not been allowed outside since November for fear of an outbreak of avian flu, meaning their eggs may not be labeled as free-range.

Eggs Will Not Be Allowed To Be Labeled As Free-Range From Monday
Eggs will not be allowed to be labeled as free-range from Monday

Consumers in the UK will no longer be able to buy free-range eggs from Monday.

The birds have not been allowed outside since November for fear of an outbreak of avian flu.

Any eggs sold in stores should have a sticker or label stating that they are “barn eggs”—meaning they have been produced by chickens kept indoors.

More than 80 outbreaks of avian flu were reported in England this winter as officials said it was the “largest outbreak of avian flu ever”.

The UK government ordered that birds raised for meat and eggs need to be kept indoors from November to reduce the risk of outbreaks.







More than 80 outbreaks of avian flu were reported in England this winter
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This means that because they have been indoors for so long, birds’ eggs can no longer be labeled free-range.

This rule applies to all birds.

Farmers were hoping the government was going to lift the housing order next week, but it remains in place after more avian flu outbreaks.

Suffolk-based egg producer Danielle Brown, who has more than 40,000 free-range hens, says they do well indoors.







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He told the Guardian: “We’ve given them extra things in the grass like sheds and things to peck at them and keep them happy.”

“A chicken won’t be bothered about not going out in December and January, but when it’s nice in May they’ll want to be outside until late in the evening.”

He says he expects the order to be lifted once the weather warms up.

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An outbreak of avian flu has spread across Europe as France is testing a potential vaccine.

However, this has proven difficult due to the many strains.

Some countries have banned importing poultry meat from countries where birds are vaccinated.

A spokesman for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “We have passed the 16-week grace period for free-range eggs, and eggs must now be marketed as ‘barn eggs. We have worked closely with the region and retailers to implement these changes as smoothly as possible.”

Uk Stores Nationwide Will No Longer Have Free-Range Eggs From Monday
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The British Retail Consortium said supermarkets would provide signage for consumers to explain the change, but “when existing measures are lifted, eggs will return to free-range”.

Amy Mahoney, chief poultry advisor for the National Farmers Association, said: “Buyers may see different labels on egg packs stating that the eggs were laid by temporarily housed chickens to protect their health and welfare. Is.

“Once the risk level is reduced and habitat measures are removed by Defra, the birds will be able to go outside again.”

Mirror contacted Defra for comment.

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