June 21st, 2021
Egg producers worldwide are adopting cage-free egg production to meet the growing demand and requirements from food businesses, consumers and governments. Increased demand for cage-free eggs, together with a greater focus on transparency, has led to the establishment of different cage-free animal welfare standards, developed and managed by various certification schemes around the world.
Companies, the public, and egg producers themselves are now looking for ways to evaluate different standards and schemes. To guide this process, GFP’s technical team has developed the Animal Welfare Benchmark Criteria for Layer Hen Standards, which lays out ‘requirements’ and good practice ‘recommendations’ for egg production.
We developed the ‘requirements’ and ‘recommendations’ in this Benchmark by taking into consideration:
The Benchmark includes the following categories:
Because the Benchmark will apply globally, we’ve aimed to make the requirements relevant and viable in regions around the world with differing conditions.
In line with good standard setting and benchmarking practice, we’re now conducting a public stakeholder consultation to provide the opportunity for feedback on the current draft Benchmark criteria. Feedback can be provided via the following link here. We look forward to hearing from you.