03 June 1998
Egg producers call for country-of-origin labelling

By FWi staff

STRUGGLING poultry producers have called for country-of-origin labelling on all egg boxes and chicken meat packaging.

UK poultry farmers believe British consumers would be more inclined to buy British chicken meat and eggs if boxes and packaging carried the labelling.

Mrs Mary Smith, joint-chairwoman of the North East NFU poultry committee, said egg producers are struggling to survive as prices continue to fall. The slump in the market price is having a devastating effect on small producers. This year, egg prices have dropped 23% nationally.

“The cost of production on all eggs is 47p, and we are getting 36p per dozen – its a recipe for disaster,” she said.