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9 October 2017

Mark Williams recognised at this years BFREPA Awards


At this year's BFREPA conference, Mark Williams, chief executive of the British Egg Industry Council (BEIC), was handed an award for his for outstanding contribution to the egg industry, following his handling of the avian influenza crisis last winter and its potential threat to the country's free range layer flock.

The association said Mark was the "principle driving force in co-ordinating industry stakeholders to hold together on the issue of over-stickering free range egg packs, which would otherwise have been downgraded to barn eggs when a significant proportion of the country's producers were required to keep their birds housed by the chief veterinary officer beyond 12 weeks." Under existing EU rules, free range birds can only be locked up for 12 weeks before losing their status, but Mark negotiated an agreement with Defra that egg boxes would be stickered with a label explaining to consumers that birds were being kept in for their own welfare.

BFREPA's award citation read, "By his determined action, he saved producer members of BFREPA several million pounds in lost revenue compared to producers on the near continent, who did not enjoy the same result. This was the single greatest contribution to free range producers in the last twelve months and in my opinion Mark was way ahead of the leaders of other bodies in effecting this outcome."

The BFREPA awards are kindly sponsored by Elanco, and are the leading free range awards in the UK, recognising the best of British free range each year.

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