Countdown pulls eggs from shelves

Countdown has removed Palace Poultry eggs from their shelves after reports caged eggs were being sold as free range.

“Food quality and the integrity of the products on our shelves is paramount to us. We have removed all Palace Poultry products from our shelves as of this morning. We have been in contact with the supplier and informed them of this. Palace Poultry sold eggs to us as free range eggs,” Countdown said.

The Newsroom website is reporting this morning that millions of caged eggs were sold by Palace Poultry as free range.

“Palace Poultry are audited under the Ministry of Primary Industry’s Registered Risk Management Programme. As at today, the MPI website gives their current status as ‘active’, which means they have met the criteria of their risk management programme as a free range egg supplier,” the supermarket chain said.

“We are in discussions with MPI, who can address questions about how standards are set and verification.”

“Palace Poultry do not supply any of Countdown’s own brands of eggs,” Countdown said.

People associated with the Palace Poultry brand could not be reached for comment.

First reported on NZ Herald (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11817192)

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