Free-range egg claims don’t add up
KELLY BURKE CONSUMER AFFAIRS REPORTER
September 6, 2009
ONE in six free-range eggs is not what it seems.
An analysis of egg industry data has confirmed what most consumers have suspected: it is doubtful enough free-range layer hens in the country exist to produce the number of eggs labelled free-range.
From January 2006 to January 2007 the free-range flock would have had to grow by more than 37 per cent to match the increased sale of free-range eggs in the grocery sector, as recorded by the Australian Egg Corporation in its annual reports