FDA SUED FOR NOT ANSWERING THE AGE OLD QUESTION, “WHAT CAME FIRST, THE CHICKEN OR THE EASTER EGG?”

easter-eggsAnimal Rights advocates are suing the FDA for not demanding that egg cartons bear labeling that states where eggs come from. I guess the FDA is supposed to know the answer to that age old question, “What came first, the chicken or the egg?” The Animal Rights Advocates want the egg cartons to be clearly labeled to show how the eggs were produced. Specifically if they came from “Caged Hens,” as opposed to “Emancipated Hens,” “Paroled Hens,” or “Happy Hens.”  Naturally, the Animal Rights advocates prefer “Free-ranged Hens” to “Caged Hens.” But even the Free-ranged Hens are caged.  So how free are they really? Maybe they just get more “yard” time.  It’s like they’re in a “Minimum Security Prison.” Maybe the cartons should be labeled, “Boxed-Hens” or “Hens in solitary-confinement.” Of course all of the Hens are on “Death Row.”

 

FDA sued over egg labeling concerns

By Carey Gillam, Reuters
Updated:   03/29/2013 01:39:13 PM EDT
The lawsuit asks that egg producers nationwide be required to clearly label egg cartons with egg production methods, including the identification of “Eggs from Caged Hens.” (Ren West)

(Reuters) – Animal rights advocates on Thursday sued U.S. regulators to correct what they say is misleading labeling on cartons of eggs that come from caged hens.

The lawsuit comes more than seven years after animal rights groups started petitioning the federal government to take action, with no success. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Northern California, alleges that claims made in unregulated egg labeling falsely portray a higher standard of animal treatment to consumers than actually exists, and that various government agencies, led by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have failed to address the plaintiffs’ petitions on the matter, as required by law.

The lawsuit asks that egg producers nationwide be required to clearly label egg cartons with egg production methods, including the identification of “Eggs from Caged Hens,” said Megan Backus, a spokeswoman for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit group that is one of the plaintiffs.

FDA officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

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