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Procedures on Laying Cage Ban Compliance

13 January 2012

EU - It is expected that letters will be sent to EU member states on banning of battery cages, and action will be taken against countries that fail to comply.

It has been reported that EU Health Commissioner John Dalli will be sending letters to member states, warning them of the legal action if they fail to comply with the EU battery cage ban. Although the letters have not yet been sent to EU member states, procedures on compliance is expected in the near future.

According to Frédéric Vincent, spokesperson for the EC's Health & Consumer Policy, there are fourteen member states that are not complying. These states are: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain. These countries represent around 45 million laying hens, that is, 14 per cent of egg production in the EU.

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