Thursday, November 16, 2006

Free range egg fraud claims prompt inquiry

The Guardian

By Rebecca Smithers, consumer affairs correspondent

The government has launched an investigation into claims that millions of eggs are being falsely sold as free range every year to UK shoppers.
Up to 30m non-free range eggs could be deliberately mislabelled so that they command higher prices, it is alleged.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has ordered the industry and retailers to check immediately that the illegal practice is no longer taking place and that all produce on shop shelves is accurately labelled.


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