Free-range egg rules could be relaxed to help UK farmers compete with Europe


The government is considering relaxing the rules around what qualifies as a free-range egg to help farmers battling a record avian flu outbreak compete with the European Union.

Under current rules, eggs laid by chickens housed indoors for more than 16 weeks cannot be defined as free range and instead must be labelled as barn eggs. However, rules put in place to curb a massive outbreak of avian flu in the UK, which has killed over 3.8 million chickens to date, is forcing farmers to house previously free-range birds. 

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