The owner of a West Auckland egg farm owner has been charged by the Commerce Commission for allegedly selling millions of caged eggs as “free-range.”
Xue Frank Chen, the owner of Gold Chick Poultry Farm, is facing eight charges after he allegedly arranged for caged eggs to be purchased and packaged into egg cartons labelled “free range” between September 2015 and October 2017.
The falsely labelled eggs were sold to retail and wholesale customers who were paying higher prices than for caged eggs, the Commerce Commission alleges.
Mr Chen faces four charges of obtaining by deception under the Crimes Act 1961
He is also facing four charges, in the alternative, of making misleading representations under the Fair Trading Act 1986.