Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013

Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments 2013 - Photo by www.bigdutchman.comThe Animal Welfare Institute’s Board of Directors has carefully considered the pending legislation entitled the “Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013.” The Animal Welfare Institute recognizes that this legislation offers benefits in that it would establish minimum standards for laying hens on a federal level and require that all eggs marketed in the United States be labeled to indicate the general housing system in which the laying hens live.  However, the legislation offers drawbacks, which include its pre-emption of state laws that set a higher standard, its lenient survey and enforcement mechanisms, and—in particular—the potential that it will induce producers to make significant investments in cages rather than alternative cage-free housing systems. The Animal Welfare Institute has elected, therefore, to take a neutral position on the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013.