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Eggs

Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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67.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will undertake a review of the overall effectiveness of recent legislation affecting the egg producing industry.

The requirements on testing of poultry flocks for salmonella, introduced in March 1989, have already been modified. This and related legislation will be kept under review.

73.

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will make a statement on the present state of the egg industry.

Egg supplies are still somewhat lower than in November 1988 and consumption is also down, but packer to producer prices are very firm and are currently at their highest levels for over five years.I am encouraging our egg packers and retailers to market British eggs, which are now produced to the highest standards, in a way that will enable consumers to identify and select them.