California cage law extended to out-of-state eggs

by Meat&Poultry staff
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SACRAMENTO — A two-year-old law passed in California to protect egg-laying hens has been extended to out-of-state egg suppliers who hope to sell their products in the state's grocery stores, according to The Associated Press.

On July 6, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB1437 into law, calling it a positive step for California egg producers and animal welfare. The measure requires that all eggs imported to California come from farms complying with Proposition 2, which was approved by voters in 2008. Violators could face up to 180 days in jail or a $1,000 fine.

Cages for egg-laying hens must be large enough for the animals to stand up, lie down and extend their wings, Proposition 2 mandates. Both laws will take effect in 2015.

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