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  • 01 Aug 2017 9:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last week, egg producer Snowdale Holdings was penalised A$1 million for falsely labelling their eggs as free-range. Snowdale, one of the biggest producers in the Australian market, owns brands including Eggs by Ellah, Swan Valley Free Range, and Wanneroo Free Range.

    Humane Choice recommends a maximum of 1,500 birds per hectare. And unlike the government definition of free-range, which calls for "meaningful and regular" access to the outside, Humane Choice standards specify that hens can "forage on the land, and move untethered and uncaged".

    You can read more here: https://theconversation.com/how-to-know-what-youre-getting-when-you-buy-free-range-eggs-81675

  • 25 Jul 2017 12:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Humane Society International (HSI) is pleased that Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd, one of Australia's largest egg producers, has been ordered to pay more than $1 million by WA's Federal Court for deceiving consumers over free range eggs. The company was fined $750,000 for falsely labelling some of its products free range, and has been ordered to pay an additional $300,000 in court costs. The case was brought by the ACCC following a complaint from Humane Society International in 2012 and today the Federal Court issued the record penalty.

    Read the full story here: http://hsi.org.au/releases/index.php/2017/07/25/record-fine-given-to-wa-egg-giant-following-humane-society-international-complaint/

  • 10 Jul 2017 12:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There's a picture on a tray of meat, of a cow in a paddock eating grass. From the image you might assume the animal led a life on a farm. But there is no way of knowing from the packaging how the animal was raised. It is quite possible the animal spent time in a feedlot, was fed antibiotics and given hormones.

    Read more here: http://www.goodfood.com.au/recipes/news/think-youre-buying-freerange-grassfed-ethical-meat-look-closer-at-the-label-20170705-gx54ze

  • 28 Apr 2017 12:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Australian Government has announced new standards for free range egg labelling, but images from inside a Government-approved "free range" egg farm may leave consumers questioning the value of the reforms. Head of Campaigns for the Humane Society International, Nicola Beynon, has accused the Government of misleading consumers over the new guidelines, which fall far short of Australia's own voluntary Model Code of Practice, as well as standards set in the UK and Europe. Read the full story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/04/27/this-is-what-the-governments-new-free-range-egg-guidelines-lo_a_22059101/

  • 05 Apr 2017 11:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Australia's first free-range egg information standards is to be launched before Easter, with all producers required to "prominently" display their farm's bird density on cartons within the next 12 months.  Consumers can expect to see densities ranging from 30 birds per hectare up to 10,000/ha on free-range egg cartons. Read the full article here: http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/freerange-eggs-stocking-density-to-be-displayed-on-carton/news-story/f7cd88d8054cd9b952dd154afab07ffe

  • 15 Feb 2017 6:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The integrity of the process for developing Australia's new poultry standards is in question, with scientists raising concerns about inaccuracies and the RSPCA threatening to quit.

    Three animal welfare scientists sent a scathing letter, seen by Fairfax Media, to the group writing the legal requirements for poultry welfare, saying their research had been distorted in supporting papers to appear in favour of conventional caged egg production.

    Read the full story here: http://www.smh.com.au/business/consumer-affairs/rspca-threatens-to-quit-poultry-standards-advisory-group-as-integrity-of-process-is-questioned-20170213-gubgx0.html

  • 16 Jan 2017 10:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Choice spokesman Tom Godfrey said the national standard for free-range eggs signed off on by government ministers across the country last year did not meet with consumer expectations of free-range.

    Mr Godfrey said the term free-range eggs "has been hi-jacked by industrial egg producers... which is unfair to free-range farms who invested to produce free-range eggs people expect and want."

    Read more here: http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/4405706/do-egg-buyers-know-whats-free-range/

  • 09 Dec 2016 9:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Friday is the last chance for shoppers to submit thoughts on the draft the RSPCA says could allow more stories to surface such as that of Perth's Snowdale Holdings, found guilty in May of misleading the public about its brands, which include Free Range Eggs by Ellah and Swan Valley Farm Premium.

    There has been no official standard for Australian free-range eggs apart from CSIRO recommendations; Humane Society International called the term "virtually meaningless" in Australia following the Snowdale revelations.  Read more here: http://www.watoday.com.au/wa-news/free-range-egg-loopholes-wide-enough-to-drive-truck-through-rspca-20161209-gt7ppm.html

  • 22 Nov 2016 8:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When our grandparents thought about what to eat, they didn't have to consider what their food choices might be doing to the environment, what animal welfare conditions were like or even what bad effects their food might have on their bodies.  They didn't stand motionless in supermarket aisles, head down, squinting at tiny labels, and there weren't whole sections of the shops they needed to avoid.

    Both RSPCA and Humane Society International Australia (via its Humane Choice True Free Range certification) provide more consistent standards that producers must abide by to get approval.  Humane Choice, with its "True Free Range" standards, lists on its website the producers it has certified and in many cases where you can buy the products.  Read the full article here: https://www.wellbeing.com.au/body/nutrition/eat-ethically.html

  • 07 Nov 2016 8:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We see all sorts of labels on our meat, from terms such as free-range and grass-fed to Heart Foundation ticks. What do they mean? Which have legally set meanings and which are just marketing ploys?

    RSPCA approved: The RSPCA has a set of guidelines for each different animal, and they provide assurance against inhumane animal conditions, although their guidelines allow for more intensive farming than some other groups. For example, the RSPCA legislates a maximum of 30 sows (pigs) per hectare compared with 'Humane Choice' guidelines which legislates a maximum of ten. Read the full article here: http://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2016/10/31/lots-terms-meat-labels-mean-nothing-nothing

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