Free range eggs must come from hens that have meaningful and regular access to an outdoor range. The maximum number of hens per hectare is 10,000.
A national information standard for free range egg labelling was adopted by the State and Territory Consumer Affairs Ministers together with the Commonwealth. The information standard provides consumers with certainty and confidence around free range eggs. It also helps producers with clarity around standard they should meet to avoid misleading consumers.
How do similar standards work?
Under the Australian Consumer Law, a national information standard is designed to ensure consumers can make informed decisions about what they are purchasing. Similar standards in place include ingredient labelling on cosmetics and toiletries and care labels for clothing and textiles.
Recently, Ministers also endorsed an information standard for country of origin labelling. Under the Australian Consumer Law, the maximum penalties for supplying goods and services that do not comply with information standards are $1.1 million for a body corporate and $220,000 for an individual.
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