Modifications to the UEP Welfare Standards for 2020


In a January 23rd release UEP advised producers of the following changes to standards and procedures for 2020:-

• Cage-free layers are required to have an allowance of six linear inches of perch space per hen.

• Farms are required to have a written policy for handling loose hens.

• All employees in contact with flocks should be trained in welfare with documentation to that effect.

• Program Participants should have an established procedure to report abuse.

• Managers should be able to inform workers in contact with flocks concerning company's zero-tolerance policy for willful acts of abuse and report abuse.

• Program Participants must designate a responsible manager to monitor flock welfare.

• An in-Company assessment of the welfare program including housing, equipment, flocks, personnel and procedures is required annually.