22 March 1996

Battery hen report

A REPORT reviewing battery cages will be released by the end of the year, says EU farm commissioner Franz Fischler.

At this weeks EU farm ministers meeting Sweden demanded a ban on battery cages.

Mr Fischler said a scientific report on whether or not battery cages met minimum welfare agreements would be ready by the end of the year.

Sweden banned battery cages before it joined the EU and is now concerned because its egg prices are up to three times higher than other member states.