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on November 22, 2017

Free-egg derogation extended in Europe

Hens that would normally be considered free-range birds have had to be confined as avian flu threat looms

The confinement period for free-range hens for veterinary reasons in the European Union has been extended from 12 weeks to 16 weeks. The so-called derogation period allows eggs from these birds to be marketed as “free-range,” even if the hens have been confined in the house due to a significant…

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