Sunday 27th May, 2012, until Wednesday 20th Jun, 2012
SUBMISSION TO ACCC ON FREE RANGE EGG FARMING
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is inviting comment on an application from the Australian Egg Corporation Ltd for its new Egg Standards Australia proposal - including a high density standard of up to 20,000 hens per hectare for free range egg production compared with the curent recognised maximum standard of 1500 hens per hectare.
The Australian Egg Corp. has made an application to register a certification trade mark and amendments to the Farm Standards for Egg Producers.
Among the things being considered by the ACCC are that:
the new standard would not be to the detriment of the public (the pubic detriment test); and
would be satisfactory having regard to the principles relating to restrictive trade practices in Part IV of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and the principles relating to unconscionable conduct (Part2-2), unfair practices (Part 3-1), and safety of consumer goods and product related services (Part 3-3) in Schedule 2 (Australian Consumer Law) of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the trade practices test)
It will not be hard to demonstrate that the Egg Corp proposal fails all those tests.
Submissions are required by 20th June 2012 and can be lodged by email to email@example.com