THERE are just a few more days to make a submission to Defra’s review of fairness in the egg sector supply chain.

Defra has a consultation open in which anyone with an interest in the UK’s egg sector can submit their views on how it functions and its fairness before 22 December.

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The consultation is asking respondents to think about:

  • How the UK egg sector currently functions  
  • The nature of the relationships across the supply chain  
  • Whether the egg supply chain could be improved and how  

A similar exercise for the dairy sector led to new regulations promoting more fair contracts between farmers and the broader supply chain. 

Squeezed profitability in the egg sector has seen the national laying hen flock contract significantly over the past 18 months, with only a tentative recovery now underway.

“Reform is long overdue,” said NFU Poultry Board chair James Mottershead. Almost one billion fewer eggs were packed in the UK last year compared to 2019.

“I urge all egg producers to have their say in this government consultation to give us the best chance of enacting much-needed change,” he added.

For more information, or to make a submission, visit Defra’s website.