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All major UK supermarkets' eggs to be 'cage-free' by 2025

Asda and Lidl have joined Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi and Iceland in committing to stop sourcing eggs from caged hens by 2025.


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All major UK supermarkets' eggs to be 'cage-free' by 2025

This means all the UK’s major supermarket chains have now either gone cage-free or have pledged to do so.

 

Dr Tracey Jones, director of food business at Compassion in World Farming, said she hopes eggs from caged hens will soon be ’confined to history.’

 

"The pledges from UK supermarkets should set an example to other sectors and countries that cages have no place in modern day agriculture and that the power to change it is in their hands.

 

"As with all the businesses making this commitment we will continue to work with them to ensure the production system changes required will offer the hens a good quality of life in rich and stimulating environments."

 

Last week, the NFU called for retailers to be clear on what will replace the current production system.

 

Currently 40 per cent of shoppers buy eggs from enriched cage systems. The NFU believes the decision will force the egg industry into its biggest change since the introduction of the enriched cage system in 2012 which cost farmers in excess of £400m.

 

NFU poultry board chairman Duncan Priestner warned this decision would not just impact on those using enriched cages but would have a knock-on effect on the entire egg sector.


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