From The Cornucopia Institute: FDA Rules Tilt Wrong Way
7/23/13 - Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft guidance document that would essentially abolish real outdoor access for laying hens. Says Cornucopia’s Codirector Mark Kastel, “To create the safest and most nutritious eggs, we should be encouraging more and better use of outdoor space for laying hens so that they can exhibit their true, native behavior. But this FDA document does just the opposite.”
The FDA has opened a 60-day public comment period for input pursuant to their draft guidance on compliance with the salmonella safety rule for producers with outdoor access for laying hens. The Cornucopia Institute will soon release an action alert and briefing paper.
From Organic Consumers Association: Want Organic Eggs From Outdoor Hens? Better Act Now!
8/1/13 – [You can use OCA forms on the linked page] “to respond to the USDA National Oganic Program’s refusal to enforce the organic rule that requires outdoor access and an FDA proposal that treats outdoor egg production as a food safety risk.