In the wake of the recent egg controversy, we would like to reassure consumers that SPCA Blue Tick approved free range eggs do live up to its high animal welfare claims.
Various media have recently highlighted the SPCA Blue Tick as one of the most trusted accreditations, acknowledging its robust systems that ensure high animal welfare approved farming methods.
The SPCA Blue Tick® is the only 100% independent animal welfare accreditation in New Zealand, independent from the food and farming industries and run by SPCA New Zealand.
With this in mind, the SPCA Blue Tick® is encouraging consumers to ask questions, and gain a better understanding of where their eggs come from, and whether it lives up to the claims on the packaging.
We understand there may be doubt with the industry in turmoil, but here is what you need to know about the SPCA Blue Tick® accreditation:
o Minor CAR, SPCA notified within 2 business days – 6 weeks to close
o Major CAR, SPCA notified within 1 business day – 14 days to close
o Critical CAR, SPCA notified within 24 hours – Immediate closure
Whilst we can’t be on a farm 24/7, this is the standard auditing process we apply all year round to monitor and ensure the farms adhere to our stringent high animal welfare standards. The auditing and CAR system enables us to avoid any discrepency with our approved eggs reassuring consumers that our farms are monitored and held accountable.
As mentioned before, we invite Kiwis to do their homework and ask questions about:
The answers to the above questions will help consumers understand what type of eggs they are buying. Consumers can feel good about SPCA Blue Tick® approved eggs because our accreditation is robust with high animal welfare at its core.
The SPCA Blue Tick® works with farmers who have made a commitment to improve overall animal welfare. Thanks to growing demand for free range eggs, producers have started their high animal welfare journey by changing their method of producing eggs from caged, to free range, to high welfare approved systems in a commercially sustainable way.
SPCA Blue Tick® applauds producers for gradually moving out of caged eggs and converting into high animal welfare approved barn and free range operations - rather than jumping straight into 'colony' which is just a bigger cage as far as the SPCA is concerned. The cost of converting, which can be up to $1 million per shed, is a huge undertaking and investment for any farmer.
We encourage consumers to come on the same high animal welfare journey as our farmers. The latest available data from Countdown shows that around 60% of the sales of eggs are still caged eggs. There is still a long way to go and shoppers can positively impact on farming practices by 'voting with their wallets' by choosing high animal welfare, independently certified free range or barn eggs. Our journey improves farm animal welfare with solutions that make the change affordable for farmers in the long term, and also affordable for most consumers.