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Comparison of National and International Standards of Good Egg Production Practices

Brazilian Journal of Poultry Science. 18(4):581-588 DOI 10.1590/1806-9061-2015-0168


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Journal Title: Brazilian Journal of Poultry Science

ISSN: 1516-635X (Print); 1806-9061 (Online)

Publisher: Fundação APINCO de Ciência e Tecnologia Avícolas

LCC Subject Category: Agriculture: Animal culture: Veterinary medicine | Science: Zoology

Country of publisher: Brazil

Language of fulltext: English

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GP Sousa

DF Pereira

K Watanabe

PF Cataneo


Blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 32 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

ABSTRACT Egg production is an important economic activity in Brazil, with about 697 million eggs produced annually. The conventional cage system is commonly used for egg production. However, there has been a growing concern for the welfare of laying hens around the world. In this context, many countries have issued laws, protocols, and other normative technical specifications to ensure the welfare of layers. This study aims at identifying similarities and differences between international standards and Brazilian protocols using the Comparative Law perspective. This article reports an analytical study of selected protocols, performing three analyses using the Comparative Law method. The research concludes that some items of the Brazilian protocols of good egg production practices, such as farm inspection, treatment of diseases, temperature, ventilation, beak trimming, feed and water supply, correspond to international specifications, whereas others, such as housing, freedom movement, use of equipment, and transport, are less strict.