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The road to a 2025 cage-free future is starting to unfold as the retailers nail their commitments to a production method.
Sainsbury’s have joined the band of retailers committing to free range, whilst Tesco – working together with the BEIC and CIWF – have agreed a standard which will give barn an identity. The CIWF have told the industry that whilst they have approved a standard it doesn’t mean that they will not campaign against barn in the future, so a barn standard does not give barn a clear run with animal charities.
As a result of this development, free range has its point of difference, but it remains to be seen how that point of difference will play out with the free range market.
The BFREPA Conference and Award Dinner was an overwhelming success with many producers attending both events.
Former pop star-turned-vicar the Reverend Richard Coles a keyboard player in 80s band The Communards and now vicar of Finedon, Northamptonshire, presented the awards and kept delegates amused with his musical anecdotes.
Every individual or business that won an award has earned their accolade for playing their part in driving forward free range egg businesses and consumption. BFREPA is delighted to honour their contributions through the Free Range Awards.
The secrecy surrounding salmonella can contribute to the complacency, but you can fully understand why the industry is nervous at the very mention of the word. The Edwina Currie episode threw the industry into a deep depression from which it has still not recovered.
The Lion Code was born as a direct result of that depression and it is my believe that whilst there are many improvements that need addressing from this recent outbreak the Lion roared when it was needed.
The Edwina Currie incident affected public confidence in eggs and there was no accreditation scheme for the industry to rally round. Yet here we are 25 years later with several salmonella cases, but importantly they were found by the Lion and dealt with by the Lion and the public can still have confidence in the Lion doing what the Lion is meant to do.