Scottish Nationalist MP Eilidh Whiteford has called on the UK’s biggest supermarkets to support local egg producers by only stocking eggs and egg products that comply with the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive, when it comes into force on 1 January 2012.

Speaking on a visit to Scottish egg producer Robert Hay’s farm at Luncarty, Turriff, Dr Whiteford said she was concerned that millions of “inferior” eggs and egg products from hens still kept in conventional cages elsewhere in Europe would find their way into the UK market.

“I have sought assurances from Tesco, ASDA and Morrison’s that they will only stock eggs and products made with eggs that comply with the new EU Directive. Anything less would undermine the investment made by Scottish farmers in improving animal welfare standards; and consumer confidence in the quality of the products they are buying.

“This is a golden opportunity for supermarkets to show their commitment to a sustainable and ethical supply chain.”