Calif. Cracks Down on Egg Farmers

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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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