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The United Kingdom is one of a handful of member states from the European Union which has made significant progress towards banning battery cages, with the National Farmers Union estimating the amount invested by the UK poultry industry to ban battery cages to be in the region of £400m.

From January 1 egg producers are required to provide hens with larger and more comfortable cages, with nesting and scratching areas that allow more natural behaviour.

However there is some disquiet that many EU states have yet to fully ban cages, prompting fears that cheaper battery-produced eggs from elsewhere could flood the UK, undercutting British producers.