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World News: Australia
Australia | 11 January 2016
Farmers hose down concerns about unrefrigerated eggs in supermarkets

Egg producers say fears over whether eggs are refrigerated or not in supermarkets are unwarranted. Recent media reports have suggested not refrigerating eggs in supermarkets could lead to an increa...


Australia | 25 November 2015
Grandview Poultry drops court appeal against VCAT's rejection of Moolort Plains poultry farm expansion

Objectors to plans for a poultry farm between Castlemaine and Maryborough in central Victoria have had a significant victory, with the developer withdrawing its Supreme Court appeal. The battle bet...


Australia | 10 November 2015
SA Health advises don’t wash eggs as salmonella cases soar

Don't wash your dirty eggs. That’s the advice from SA Health as salmonella hits a five-year high and is on track to double the number of cases recorded in 2010. The natural inclination to wash the ...


Australia | 4 November 2015
Chicken beats red meat hands down, most locals say

There was a time when the standard meal of the day was meat and three veg. Some chicken, fish on a Friday normally, but for the majority of the week it was meat --- red meat. Lamb, beef, pork, t...


Australia | 28 October 2015
Sorry, shoppers: ensuring happy hens is more complicated than just buying free-range

A good breakfast often features a couple of free-range local eggs. But what does “free range” really mean for the hens that laid them? Whatever it is, consumers want it. More than 69 million dozen ...


Australia | 28 October 2015
Court hears from objectors to chicken farm

Objectors to the construction of five meat chicken farms near Manilla, in northern New South Wales, have expressed their concerns about the project to the Land and Environment Court. Additional sea...


Australia | 26 October 2015
Australian largest poultry supplier agrees to take responsibility for worker exploitation

Australia's largest poultry producer has agreed to take responsibility for the failings of its subcontractors and pay almost 500,000 Australian dollars in wages to underpaid workers. Baiada Poultry...


Australia | 21 October 2015
INXS manager sends a message in free range egg labelling debate

INXS manager Chris Murphy has entered the free range egg labelling debate. The self-confessed "free ranger" said a free range egg labelling consultation paper released by state consumer affairs min...


Australia | 15 October 2015
Betty the tweeting chicken going for Guinness World Record

It's no surprise that birds can tweet, but can they make sense on Twitter? An Australian fast-food chain called Chicken Treat is attempting to find out. It's put a chicken named Betty in a room with a...


Australia | 13 October 2015
An excellent time for eggs

The average Australian consumes 220 eggs each per year. But with controversy cropping up every now and then, the industry has seen its fair share of egg on its face. So how does a business unscr...


Australia | 8 October 2015
Cracking down on 'free range'

Small Business Minister Kelly O’Dwyer has released a consultation paper designed to generate greater clarity on “free range” egg labelling standards and also benefit producers. The paper evolved fr...


Australia | 5 October 2015
Minister hatches bid to unscramble labelling laws for free-range eggs

Forcing producers to declare the number of hens per square metre on cartons of eggs labelled as "free range" is among the options being considered by the federal government to stop the growing confusi...


Australia | 1 October 2015
Defining the egg industry

Australia's agricultural sector will be paying close attention to the detail when Treasury releases its Regulatory impact statement (RIS) into “free-range” eggs. The RIS is imminent and will outlin...


Australia | 1 October 2015
Young Bega Valley poultry judges fostered at spring show in bid to keep club viable

A poultry club in the Bega Valley is giving young producers hands-on expertise in order to keep them engaged with local agricultural shows. However, there is some opposition from older members, acc...


Australia | 30 September 2015
I, Chicken: Virtual reality reveals the life of a chicken

It is in the final 20 seconds of a chicken's life that an impending sense of doom fills the cage as it travels up the processing line. Chickens, formerly of greener pastures, squawk and squabble ...


Australia | 28 September 2015
Australian scientists use 'uncooking egg' device to improve essential anaesthetic

Australian scientists have employed a device famously used to 'uncook' an egg to develop cheaper, more readily available anaesthetia medication. Researchers have developed a way to make one of the ...


Australia | 24 September 2015
Free-range eggs: SA Greens' private member's bill makes another bid for separate shelves

Separate shelves for eggs which are truly free-range would make shopping easier for consumers, the Greens in South Australia say, as they launch a second private member's bill to legislate the standar...


Australia | 23 September 2015
Free-range farce gets a reality check but ACCC must do more

Earlier this month, something remarkable happened in the food industry that many had been working towards for years. It wasn’t an awards night or restaurant opening or cookbook launch, lovely thoug...


Australia | 21 September 2015
Closing the loop: Australian organic farm creates a local Bitcoin economy among farmers

Budafoods, a certified organic farm and food supplier located in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland, Australia, is attempting to create a closed bitcoin economy among farmers and to encourage i...


Australia | 18 September 2015
Australian scientist wins Ig Nobel prize for uncooking an egg

The Australian man who uncooked an egg has won an Ig Nobel Prize for his unintentional feat. Flinders University chemistry professor Colin Raston made headlines around the world for the development...


Australia | 17 September 2015
Free range claims eggs-aggerated

RL Adams Pty Ltd (the producers of Mountain Range Eggs) has been “fried” for making false and misleading “free range” claims in relation to its eggs and ordered to pay a pecuniary penalty of $250,000....


Australia | 14 September 2015
Company fined $250,000 for labelling its eggs 'free range' when their hens were actually kept indoors

Queensland's Darling Downs Fresh Eggs must pay a $250,000 fine after the Federal Court ruled it had purposely mislabelled its eggs as free range, in a case brought by the competition watchdog. The ...


Australia | 13 August 2015
Halal: How your chicken is certified in the holy henhouse

AUSTRALIA’S chickens are blessed — literally — by an accredited Muslim man as they whiz down the ­production line to the ­beheading machine at the rate of 200 a minute. But the practice adopted to get...


Australia | 6 August 2015
Inghams sells chicken farm for $4

A former Inghams poultry farm on a 16.2-hectare block in the Sydney north-west growth corridor has been sold for about $4 million to a company with ties to agribusiness and property development. Th...


Australia | 30 July 2015
Poultry kings launch $4b estate

BRW Rich-Listers and poultry kings the Baiada family are targeting the surging demand for housing in Sydney's outer suburbs with the launch of a $4 billion master-planned housing estate in Box Hill in...


Australia | 29 July 2015
From little things, big things grow: funding plea to make poultry co-op a reality

Fifty native seedlings were handed to politicians as they arrived at the South Australian Parliament by the Fleurieu Poultry Association. The group said plans to establish a worker-farmer poultry c...


Australia | 20 July 2015
Lenard’s Chicken plans to rule roost with expansion

The new chief executive of ­national franchise chain Lenard’s Chicken plans to increase sales by 30 per cent and double the group’s footprint to 400 stores over the next two years with a new range of ...


Australia | 15 July 2015
Aldinga Turkeys' ex-workers raise support for new poultry plan

Former employees of terminated poultry facility Aldinga Turkeys are raising support for their plan to reopen the business as a co-operative between local farmers and workers. The McLaren Flat poult...


Australia | 7 July 2015
Court told 'error' made when approving Central Coast chicken abattoir

The New South Wales Land and Environment Court has been told a 'fundamental error' was made when a new chicken abattoir was given the green light on the Central Coast. Major industry player, Cordin...


Australia | 6 July 2015
No poultry matter: Ruler of roost flies coop

Australia's chicken meat maestro Andreas Dubs is about to hand in his white coat after overseeing a record growth spurt in the industry. Dr Dubs, who served 10 years as executive director of the Au...