Calif. Cracks Down on Egg Farmers

Friday, Jun 18, 2010  |  Updated 9:55 AM PDT
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RAMOT HASHEVIM, ISRAEL - MARCH 14: Freshly-laid eggs are collected for delivery to the local packing plant at the Aronheim family's egg farm on March 14, 2008 in the farming community of Ramot Hashevim, central Israel. World food prices are soaring in the face of what some analysts are describing as a perfect storm of circumstances; increasing demand from developing economies in Asia, rising fuel prices, severe weather impacting recent harvests and an economic shift to biofuel production. All this leaves the consumer paying more for basic staples such as bread and milk and is likely to have its hardest impact on poorer nations. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)

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Out-of-state egg suppliers who violate California's animal welfare law would have their products banned from grocery stores under a bill heading to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk.

The state Senate passed a measure Thursday requiring that all eggs imported to California come from farms complying with Proposition 2, approved by voters in 2008. Violators could face up to 180 days in jail or a $1,000 fine.

Proposition 2 says cages for egg-laying hens must be large enough for the animals to stand up, lie down and extend their wings. It will take effect in 2015, as would the bill if it becomes law.

The egg industry has not taken a formal position on the bill, AB1437.

The Senate's 23-7 vote sends it to the governor.

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