Eggs laid by hens kept in barns for months on end could be classed as free range under changes being considered by the Government to keep farmers competitive with Europe.
Ministers are considering tearing up free-range egg rules, amid concerns proposals in the EU risk putting UK farmers at a disadvantage.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, led by Therese Coffey, is understood to be weighing up changes to rules that currently mean eggs cannot be classed as free range if birds are indoors for more than 16 weeks, Whitehall sources said.
No, not the right thing to be doing at all.
whatever you might think about free range and all the rest. Whatever the rules are, stick to them. Then people can see the costs – and assume whatever benefits they think there are – of their decisions. If free range gets more expensive then, well, free range gets more expensive. Prices are, after all, information. Why would anyone want the consumer to be less informed?