Free Range

Free-range egg claims don’t add up

KELLY BURKE CONSUMER AFFAIRS REPORTER

September 6, 2009

Home on the range ... Tony Coote, on his farm near Canberra  yesterday, says people buying accredited free-range eggs may not be  getting what they pay for.Home on the range … Tony Coote, on his farm near Canberra yesterday, says people buying accredited free-range eggs may not be getting what they pay for. Photo: Andrew Meares

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

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