December 11, 2014

Californian egg marketers await new regulations

Whether there will be a shortage of eggs or a price increase remains uncertain at this point, but one thing is certain: When California rings in the New Year, eggs sold in the state will have to comply with new regulations. Proposition 2, which affects how California egg farmers house their hens, takes effect on Jan. 1. Approved by voters in 2008, the law prohibits specific farm animals from being confined in a way that prevents them from being able to turn around, lie down, stand up and fully extend their limbs. At the same time, another new law, Assembly Bill 1437, which passed in 2010 and requires out-of-state producers who sell shell eggs in California to comply with Proposition 2, also takes effect.

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