MIL-OSI Europe: Answer to a written question – Use of eggs in processed foods – a level playing field – E-001190/2024(ASW)

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Source: European Parliament

The Commission is not aware of an established data collection on caged eggs used in processed products. The system put in place by the Commission to collect data on the farming method of laying hens covers the Union (not third countries) and allows to trace egg production (not egg processing).

Current rules allow EU consumers to be informed of the farming method when buying shell eggs. This is ensured by the design of a producer code for Union production.

For third country eggs, the origin must appear on the label and, when third country marketing standards are different, the label must bear the words ‘non-EU standard’. Those rules do not extend to eggs used in processed products.

The Farm to Fork Strategy[1] foresees a revision of the European Union’s animal welfare legislation and the introduction of new rules on animal welfare labelling.

Preparatory work is ongoing, and the Commission is considering options for animal welfare labelling, which may include processed food containing products of animal origin and imported products.

  • [1]  https://food.ec.europa.eu/horizontal-topics/farm-fork-strategy_en#:~:text=The%20Farm%20to%20Fork%20Strategy%20is%20at%20the%20heart%20of,if%20they%20are%20not%20sustainable
Last updated: 3 June 2024

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