The EU Welfare of Laying Hens Directive, which comes into effect in 2012, is causing huge upheaval in the EU’s egg industry. Producers are required to stop using conventional cages and must instead use larger and more animal welfare-friendly enriched cages. British Lion egg producers have invested heavily in the enhanced ‘colony’ cages and will comply with the directive’s timing. However, in some other European countries the picture’s not so clear and there is a distinct possibility that food manufacturers who currently import eggs may face supply shortages of compliant eggs in 2012.

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