April 13, 2016

US egg farmers face $6 billion bill to go cage-free

American farmers face an “impossible” task in switching at least half their egg production to cage free before a 2025 deadline set by more than 130 retailers, restaurants and food service companies. Walmart, the country’s biggest supermarket chain, is the latest to join an ever-growing list of businesses that have bowed to pressure from NGOs to stop selling eggs from caged hens. Almost every day has seen more American food companies making announcements, according to Chad Gregory, president of trade body United Egg Producers. He told Poultry World his members face a bill of around $6bn (£4.2bn) to convert farms, and less than 10 years in many cases to do so. Read More  

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