Senate Bill (SB) 805 was signed into law on June 17, 2011 with the intent of transitioning commercial egg farms in Oregon to the use of larger cages and enriched colony
systems that may include cage-free production systems.
The bill also prohibits the
sale (distribution) of eggs or egg products into or within Oregon from hens
that were confined during the production of the egg in an enclosure that
fails to comply with requirements in the new law. The bill directed the Oregon
Department of Agriculture (ODA) to adopt rules that regulated the manner in
which commercial egg producers in Oregon confine egg-laying hens. The rules also outline new documentation requirements for commercial
egg-laying farms, distributors, and purchasers (other than the retail end-user)
of eggs or egg products.