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1 January 2018

BEIC Comment - January 2018


The proposed amendment to the EU egg marketing regulation to increase, from 12 week to 16 weeks, when free range hens can retain their marketing status if housed by veterinary restriction, with a clock start at the point of transfer, entered into force on 25th November.
I am also pleased to confirm that, in the event that we were to go over the 16 week period, BEICs labelling solution, as outlined in last month’s edition, has been agreed with Defra. I would like to thank the BRC for their support.
I am also delighted to report that the new Lion Training Passport (LTP) scheme has been launched. This is designed to complement and in effect, formalise, training schemes for employees working in the industry. Training will now be documented on the new LTP in the form of appropriate records and requirements, ensuring they are kept up to date.
The new LTP scheme, which has been developed in conjunction with a number of leading industry experts, has been created to meet the training requirements of job roles throughout the chain. It will not conflict with company training, but will serve as a baseline for industry.
Once registered, the LTP offers a one-stop shop to monitor training, highlighting the minimum training requirement for each role. As training is completed, it is recorded by the scheme administrators on the LTP, which clearly shows companies and the scheme administrators what training has been completed and where further training may be required.
The system can be used to generate reports on gaps in training and show where refresher training is required. To ensure validity, all training records are verified and inputted by the scheme administrators at Poultec Training.
Interested parties can register to be part of the new scheme at; www.liontrainingpassport.co.uk, which is now live.
We believe that great stockmanship and well-trained personnel are vital to the future of the UK egg industry and we also believe that the LTP is a fantastic addition to the Lion Code. This scheme will become a vital tool in improving and further endeavouring our workforce. It will be used to not only help retain staff, but also attract new people into our industry, something that is going to take on increasing importance, as we know that access to EU migrant labour is likely to be restricted once we leave the EU.