Egg industry sustainability report released
Australian Eggs has released its fourth annual sustainability framework report wherein they examine the measures that are being taken by the industry to boost its performance and sustainability.
A key component of the report is the CSIRO community research process, which involved surveying a range of individuals about their views on food security, farmer livelihoods and environmental impacts of the field.
The survey showed that the egg industry is highly respected among consumers, who also have a high level of respect for egg farmers generally. Trust in the industry is higher this year than any of the previous years of the survey and the level of acceptance of it by consumers has grown since last year.
The report includes other information such as an outline of the industry’s approaches to traceability, hen welfare and the environmental impact of farming.
“Our annual Sustainability Framework Report remains a key vehicle for industry transparency and is a formal demonstration of how, as an industry, we continue to address community priorities and meet the expectations of our community,” said Rowan McMonnies, Managing Director of Australian Eggs.
“The report closes the loop on the community engagement process. Having listened to community priorities we then demonstrate how the industry is responding to progress these important issues.
“For instance, food safety has always been the primary focus of egg farmers and it’s pleasing that the Australian public’s confidence in the industry is improving, with the community research showing that seven in 10 Australians are more confident in egg food safety then they used to be.
“To ensure this continues to improve, the Australian egg industry is investing in research and resources to make eggs even safer. A key element of this is traceability, which allows food safety issues like salmonella to be identified and managed out of the food system promptly. While most eggs consumed by the public are already the subject of effective traceability systems there remains an opportunity to increase the coverage of this process.”
The report, ‘Sustainability Framework Report 2022’, is available here.
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