Eggs: Supermarkets

(asked on 29th November 2022) - View Source

Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate her Department has made of the proportion of chicken eggs sold in UK supermarkets that were laid abroad.

Answered by
Mark Spencer Portrait
Mark Spencer
Minister of State (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
This question was answered on 6th December 2022

The UK egg industry operates in an open market and is both resilient and robust. We are currently around 92% self-sufficient in eggs and there are currently around 38 million laying hens across the country. There are also tried and tested routes for supplementing domestic production with imports, when necessary.

Defra continues to monitor levels of imports through the UK Agriculture Market Monitoring Group, which is responsible for monitoring UK agricultural markets including price, supply, inputs, trade, and recent developments.

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