Free Range Eggs and Bird Flu

Avian Flu is still a concern in the UK and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) instructed for all Free Range hens to be housed inside. This will now begin to have an impact on the ability to label eggs as free range and to make claims on products that use free range eggs as an ingredient.

The housing order was put in place in November 2021, with a 16 week grace period where the eggs can still be claimed to be free range with no legal concerns.

However, from Monday 21st March this continuing housing order will mean any eggs laid on or after that date can no longer be claimed to be free-range.

You can find more updates about the bird flu here : government updates or