Code of Practice

Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia commend diverse process for establishing Code of Practice

June 30, 2016 (Truro, NS) – Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia (EFNS) welcomes the release of the revised Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Layers. The Code is established through an extensive collaborative process that joins numerous stakeholders, including farmers, veterinarians, food companies, animal welfare enforcement and advocacy groups. The diverse process is led by the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC).

"Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia commends NFACC for leading the multi-stakeholder process to develop the Code of Practice," says Geneve Newcombe, Chair EFNS. "Egg farmers in Nova Scotia are committed to providing the highest quality of care for laying hens and adhering to the highest standards."

The Code process receives input from numerous stakeholder groups and individuals and is established based on scientific evidence, industry developments and societal values. The Code forms the foundation of the national Animal Care Program required to be implemented by farmers and is instrumental to the Canadian egg industry's continuous improvement to sustainable animal welfare.

"The Canadian egg industry maintains and enforces high animal care standards," says Heather McLean, Perennia's Non-Ruminant Specialist. "Revising the Code through a consensus based process that includes a diverse group of stakeholders is another sign of their commitment to continuous improvement and enhancement. The Code ensures animal welfare is addressed in a sustainable manner through stakeholder participation."

The Code is now available for public consultation. EFNS will continue to engage throughout the public comment period. The draft Code and the public comment system is accessible at: All comments must be submitted through the electronic system. All farmers, stakeholders and consumers are encouraged to participate in the public consultation period closing August 29, 2016.

To learn more about the Code process, or to participate in the public comment period, click here.

For more information, please contact:
Geneve Newcombe
Chair, Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia