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Published February 19, 2014, 03:50 PM

United Egg Producers declines to renew MOU with HSUS

The United Egg Producers says it will not renew its Memorandum of Understanding with the Humane Society of the United States, and UEP is ceasing its efforts to pursue federal legislation on national cage standards (Egg Products Inspection Act of 2013), commonly referred to as the egg bill.

By: Dudley W Hoskins, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture

The United Egg Producers says it will not renew its Memorandum of Understanding with the Humane Society of the United States, and UEP is ceasing its efforts to pursue federal legislation on national cage standards (Egg Products Inspection Act of 2013), commonly referred to as the egg bill. In a statement, UEP announced it will be “exploring a range of options with the objective of delivering much-needed business certainty to America’s egg farmers.”

This development follows a lawsuit filed earlier this month by Missouri’s Attorney General in the Eastern District of California challenging the constitutionality of California’s new egg regulations, set to go into effect next year, which would require farmers in other states to comply with California’s requirements for cage sizes.

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