Note on eggs

Laying hens: conventional cage ban, 1st January 2012

From the 1st January 2012, new legislation comes into force across the EU which bans the keeping of laying hens in conventional cages. If a cage system is used, they should be enriched cages.

UK egg producers have invested heavily in the new improved welfare standards to meet the deadline, as have some other member states. However there will remain a significant volume of production within the EU that does not meet the legislation in time.

Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Services are therefore being revised, effective 1st January 2012, so that no egg products, including fresh shelled, liquid and powdered eggs should be from conventional cage systems. If cage systems are used, they must be enriched cages.

Page published: 13 December, 2011