Lyon: Member States promise no illegal eggs by year end

George Lyon MEPAt a meeting of the European Agriculture Committee, Commissioner John Dalli announced that all Member States had promised that they would be compliant with the ban on battery cages by the end of this year.

He also said that 16 Member States now expected to be compliant with the sow stall ban by the end of this year.

Commenting, Liberal Democrat MEP for Scotland George Lyon said:

“While I welcome the promise made to the Commissioner by Member States that they would be fully compliant with the battery cage ban by the end of the year it is still an outrage that many countries have waited to the last moment to get their act together.

“That is another year that UK egg producers have had to compete with one hand tied behind their back.

“That is why we need to redouble our efforts to force the pace with countries that are dragging their feet on complying with the ban on sow stalls and avoid this mess happening again.

“Pressure must be brought to bear through tough action in the courts by the Commission against those who are going to miss the deadline. Action also needs to be taken by the major retailers in the market place.

“I welcome his backing for a major European retailer summit in Brussels at which we can put serious pressure on them to give a public pledge to sell only legally produced pork products once the ban comes into force.

“The combined threat of legal and market sanctions will focus minds in those countries that are dragging their feet on these important animal welfare issues and hopefully speed up the process of compliance.”

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