(NAFB)--The Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2013 - which would codify the agreement between the United Egg Producers and the Humane Society of the United States and gradually shift the egg producer industry toward enriched colony cage housing over the next two decades. There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the deal reached between UEP and HSUS and the effort to put the deal into law. Other agricultural producers fear the agreement would set a dangerous precedent - and could lead to the federal government dictating how livestock producers operate. But speaking at the annual Animal Agriculture Alliance Stakeholders Summit - Joe Miller - General Counsel for the second-largest egg producer in the U.S. - said the agreement between HSUS and UEP is a positive step for egg producers because it gives the industry some certainty on cage size. He noted that five states have passed laws that set varying cage standards for egg producers.
Miller also stressed that it wasn’t United Egg Producers that caved into HSUS. He said HSUS conceded by allowing cages. HSUS desired 216-square inches per bird and cage-free facilities. United Egg Producers wanted 90-square inches per bird. In the end - the two groups settled on 124-square inches and allowing egg producers to continue using cages