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California Department of Food & Agriculture Announces Public Comment Period on Humane Confinement Regulations

The California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) is accepting public comments through December 7, 2021, on proposed farm animal confinement standards. The CDFA had accepted comments earlier in the year, but has reopened the comment period through December 17, 2021. The regulations are being promulgated pursuant to Proposition 12, the “Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animal Act,” a ballot initiative that passed with 63% of the vote during California’s 2018 election. The Act requires agricultural producers to provide more space for egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and calves raised for veal and also prohibits California businesses from selling eggs, pork, or veal products sourced from animals who were not provided these minimum space requirements.

Nevada Bans Extreme Confinement of Egg-Laying Hens and Sale or Transport of Non-Complying Eggs

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak signed into law Assembly Bill 399 which will prohibit the knowing confinement of a hen used to produce eggs in an enclosure which has less than one square foot of usable floor space per egg-laying hen on or after July 1, 2022. The law will also prohibit knowingly confining a hen in a cage-free housing system that has “less than one square foot of usable floor space per egg-playing hen if the cage-free housing system provides egg-laying hens with unrestricted access to elevated flat platforms, including, without limitation, unrestricted access in a multi-tiered aviary or partially slatted system” or one that has less than “one and one-half square feet of usable floor space per egg-laying hen if the cage-free housing system does not provide unrestricted access to elevated flat platforms, including, without limitation, unrestricted access in a single-level, all-litter floor system” on or after January 1, 2024. The law additionally will prohibit “farm owners or operators” from selling or transporting eggs or egg products without having been issued a certificate by the state Department of Agriculture that those products were produced by an egg-laying hen who was confined in a manner that complies with the law’s requirements.

USDA Seeks Public Input on Data Collection Relating to Animal Agriculture Imports

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that it is seeking public comments on its proposed revisions to an information collection about the import of meat, poultry, and egg products into the United States from foreign countries. FSIS is seeking public input about the necessity, accuracy, and enhancement of the information collection through May 9, 2022.

 

Lithuania Awaits USDA Authorization to Export Egg Products to the United States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) announced its intention to add Lithuania to the list of countries that are eligible to export egg products to the United States. The agency is accepting public comments on the proposal through February 28, 2022.

Pennsylvania Considers Legislation to Improve Slaughterhouse Worker Safety

Pennsylvania House Bill 1874 would provide for regulating the meatpacking and food processing industry by creating facility health and safety committees in the workplace; establishing the industry workers' rights coordinator within the state Department of Labor and Industry; and providing for public health emergency protections for individuals working in meat packing, slaughter house, egg production, and other similar facilities. The bill has been referred to the Pennsylvania House Committee on Labor and Industry.

Hawaii Bill Would Ban Use of Battery Cages for Egg-Laying Hens

Hawaii House Bill 1868 would ban the use of battery cages for egg-laying hens. It also would require farm owners or operators to house hens in a way that allows the birds to roam unrestricted and provide enrichments that enable hens to engage in species-specific behaviors, including scratch areas, perches, nest boxes, and dust-bathing areas. The bill does not require hens be provided with outdoor access. The bill further would prohibit businesses from selling eggs or egg products sourced from hens confined in a manner that does not meet or exceed the cage-free housing requirements. If enacted, the new confinement standards would become effective June 30, 2027.

Illinois Bill Would Exempt Some Farmers from Health Department Licensure

Illinois Senate Bill 3838 would exempt farmers who sell meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products directly from their farming premises from health department licensure. The bill also would establish requirements for Farmer’s Market Retail Permits.

China Announces Uniform Cage-Free Egg Production Standards for the First Time

The first production standards for cage-free eggs have been announced in China, the largest egg-producer in the world. A unified definition of “cage-free” will help facilitate the adoption of cage-free systems in China, and the new standard comes with guidelines to assist retailers identify suppliers that are using best practices.

New York Federal Judge Denies Egg Producer’s Motion to Dismiss in Lawsuit Challenging “Free Range” Claims

A federal judge has denied a motion to dismiss filed by the producer of Nellie’s Free-Range Eggs in a lawsuit alleging the company deceived consumers by falsely advertising its eggs as “free-range” when they actually were sourced from hens housed in overcrowded sheds with severely limited access to the outdoors only part of the year.

 

Nevada Bans Extreme Confinement of Egg-Laying Hens and Sale or Transport of Non-Complying Eggs

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has signed into law Assembly Bill 399 which will prohibit the knowing confinement of a hen used to produce eggs in an enclosure which has less than one square foot of usable floor space per egg-laying hen on or after July 1, 2022. The law will also prohibit knowingly confining a hen in a cage-free housing system that has “less than one square foot of usable floor space per egg-playing hen if the cage-free housing system provides egg-laying hens with unrestricted access to elevated flat platforms, including, without limitation, unrestricted access in a multi-tiered aviary or partially slatted system” or one that has less than “one and one-half square feet of usable floor space per egg-laying hen if the cage-free housing system does not provide unrestricted access to elevated flat platforms, including, without limitation, unrestricted access in a single-level, all-litter floor system” on or after January 1, 2024. The law additionally will prohibit “farm owners or operators” from selling or transporting eggs or egg products without having been issued a certificate by the state Department of Agriculture that those products were produced by an egg-laying hen who was confined in a manner that complies with the law’s requirements.