Currenty, there is only one EU-wide system of compulsory labelling on animal welfare - for table eggs. The system for eggs is based on the EU legislation for laying hens defining different production methods (cages, free range, barn, etc.). Such classification of production methods does not exist for other types of animal production in the EU.
The European Commission does not plan to extend animal welfare labelling beyond eggs-
Instead, the strategy is oriented towards considering the development of an instrument to better inform consumers and companies on animal welfare friendly products that could be used by both producers and retailers, ensuring a transparency to consumers without overflowing them with information on the label. So the approach goes more to a voluntary labelling scheme.
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