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Poultry: Animal Welfare

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will take steps to encourage chicken producers to meet the conditions of the RSPCA’s Freedom Food scheme. (320849)

Farmers can join a specific assurance scheme or adopt standards which go beyond those required by law if they so wish. The Government encourage membership of the relevant sector assurance schemes such as Red Tractor and Freedom Food. It is not Government’s role, however, to promote one specific assurance scheme over another.