Statement on Palace Poultry Eggs
13 March 2017: We are extremely concerned to read the story in the media this morning. 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. 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.
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.
We are undertaking our own investigations. When we have more information, we will update our customers further.
Note: The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is the government agency responsible for food safety and animal welfare. The Commerce Commission is the agency responsible for labelling claims under the Fair Trading Act.