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  • 18 May 2016 1:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HSI is thrilled by today's news that one of Australia's largest egg producers has been found guilty in WA's Federal Court of falsely labelling eggs as free range. Snowdale Holdings Pty Ltd, who trade as Swan Valley Egg Farm and Eggs by Ellah, were fighting the charges of misleading and deceptive conduct by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

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  • 04 May 2016 11:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HSI is delighted that so far, justice is being done, following news that Zelko Lendich, a former director of AECL, was ordered to pay a $120,000 fine by the Federal Court for attempting to induce a cartel arrangement between competing producers.  The ACCC have lodged an appeal to consider that AECL's managing director James Kellaway and AECL board member and Queensland egg producer Jeffrey Ironside were also involved in the arrangement.

    HSI Director Verna Simpson said, "We remain hopeful that the appeal will result in larger penalties for Mr Kellaway and Mr Ironside as they must be held to account."  Read more here:

  • 27 Apr 2016 11:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    When it comes to free-range eggs, most South Australian producers agree that Maremma sheepdogs and freedom to roam are a hen's best friend.  Richard and Terressa Langford, at Fleurieu Free Range Eggs at Mt Compass, have 3500 chickens under the care of their four Maremmas (Millie, Misty, Sam and Ralph); and Kathy Barrett, from Katham Springs Kangaroo Island, says they couldn't let their hens roam without the help of their eight Maremmas.

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  • 27 Apr 2016 11:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A landmark animal welfare act being proposed in New Zealand, which makes the mulesing procedure illegal, will not influence the practices or attitudes of the Australian wool industry.  Despite major changes to production practice in competing countries, Charles Sturt University animal behaviour and welfare senior lecturer Rafael Freire said Australia had been immune to any pressure to change.

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  • 15 Apr 2016 11:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Egg producers Derodi Pty Ltd and Holland Farms Pty Ltd have today been fined $300,000 for making false or misleading representations in their labelling and promotion of eggs as "free range".  The ACCC took legal action against the Free Range Egg Farms, which are now among other producers, Pirovic Enterprises and Snowdale Holdings, two of Australia's biggest egg producers, who have been brought to court for misleading consumers.

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  • 15 Apr 2016 11:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Free Range Egg Farms who supplied eggs labelled as "free range" under the brands Ecoeggs, Port Stephens and Field Fresh free-range eggs been accused of making false or misleading representations in their labelling and promotion of eggs as "free range". HSI Director Verna Simpson said the outcome of the cases were a "huge step for truth in labelling".

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  • 12 Apr 2016 11:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Verna Simpson, Director with the Humane Society International (HSI) explains how it's back to square one when it comes to the standard for free range eggs.  Verna hopes that free range standards and stocking densities become an election issue.

  • 31 Mar 2016 11:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The decision by state and federal ministers on Thursday to define 'free-range' as up to 10,000 birds per hectare is a win for intensive egg producers and the National Party over consumer rights and animal welfare, according to the Greens.

  • 19 Mar 2016 11:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Paying homage to its German heritage, the Heinrich family from Black Springs near Saddleworth in the Mid North is producing a new brand of specialty lamb branded Wunderbar.  They have become Australia's first Humane Choice Accredited lamb producer, providing an assurance that they are free range and have enjoyed the highest quality of life.

  • 03 Sep 2015 12:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Today ACCC announced it had concluded the investigation into alleged misleading conduct in the pork industry arising from credence claims presented on packaged pork. Verna Simpson, HSI Australia Director said today, “Since 2008 Humane Society International has been working to ensure that claims on produce such as free range are honest.  The interest in higher welfare food has grown dramatically over the last decade and there were several players in the market place that we believe were seeking to take advantage of the premium prices you could charge for branded product, without actually producing to those standards.”


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