Egg Labelling Bill Wed 18 July 2012 Nick McKim Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection Download hi-res version Download hi-res version The Minister for Corrections and Consumer Protection, Nick McKim, today announced that legislation will be drafted for truth in labelling for eggs sold in Tasmania. Mr McKim said consumers were entitled to the provision of accurate information about the products they buy to enable them to make informed choices. "Many people already choose free range eggs over barn and cage laid eggs. However, there is still a lot of confusion among consumers because of inadequate labelling information," he said. "The legislation will also prevent the use of symbols and expressions that give false or misleading impressions about the welfare of hens in cage systems. Mr McKim said the new Egg Labelling Bill will require producers to give accurate descriptions of production systems on egg cartons. "For example, for cage eggs, producers will be required to state in letters not less than 6mm high, that" 'These are cage eggs. Birds are continuously housed in cages in a shed'. "In the case of free-range eggs, the producer will be required to state that: 'These are free-range eggs. Birds in a free-range system are housed in sheds and have access to an outdoor range." Mr McKim said the Bill will also require retailers to place prominent signs in places where eggs are sold that provide details on each of the different types of egg production systems. "This will enable consumers to be very clear about exactly what they are buying. "The Australian Capital Territory is the only jurisdiction that currently has truth in labelling laws for eggs and I am pleased that Tasmania will now lead the way for the States in having the most informed and empowered consumers in the country." Drafting of the bill will commence in the coming weeks. Industry and public consultation will be undertaken prior to the legislation being introduced into Parliament later this year.