SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— New state regulations that take effect in January that require poultry farmers to provide more space in hen houses is expected to drive up egg prices and could eventually lower the amount of eggs farmers put up for sale both locally and elsewhere.
Daniel Sumner, director of the Agricultural Issues Center at UC Davis, said they are two closely-related sets of regulations. One is related to the rules on production of eggs in California.
“These are shell eggs, the type that are sold in the shell. That goes back to Proposition 2, something we all voted on seven years ago. Producers are supposed to meet standards that say there’s more space for the hens. Nobody knows exactly how much space. It’s still fairly vague and that’s part of the problem,” he said.
Sumner explained that a few years later, the state legislature said they’d apply that same rule to all eggs consumed in shell in California, meaning out of state shippers into California would have to meet this state’s standards. The out of state shippers protested and there were lawsuits.