Monday, July 30, 2012

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Egg Production Standards

On July 26, 2012, the Senate Agriculture Committee conducted hearings into proposed legislation mandating that most egg producers comply with national hen housing standards.  Under Senate Bill 3239, over the next 15 to 18 years, egg producers with 3,000 or more hens would be required to eliminate conventional cages and replace them with systems that provide each bird with increased space.  During testimony, proponents of the Bill claimed the need for a consistent, national standard, while opponents of the Bill asserted that the costs of compliance would put many smaller operations out of business.  To view a video recording of the hearing, please click on the link below:

Written by M. Sean High, Research Assistant
Penn State Law, Agricultural Law Center

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