Kraft Heinz Commits To A Cage-Free Egg Supply Chain
Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 | 584 Views
Kraft Heinz Commits To A Cage-Free Egg Supply Chain Food company Kraft Heinz has pledged to source exclusively for cage-free eggs in its entire global supply chain by 2025.
The move follows on the company’s previous commitments to eliminate the use of cages from their regional egg supply chains in North America, Europe and Latin America.
Around the world, the majority of egg-laying hens are confined in wire battery cages. The cages are very small and thus, hens cannot move freely and are unable to stretch their wings. Each battery cage confines five to 10 egg-laying hens and each animal has less space than a letter-sized piece of paper on which to spend her whole life.
Hens confined in battery cages are unable to express important natural behaviors including nesting, dustbathing, and perching. Cage-free systems generally offer hens higher levels of animal welfare than battery cage systems.
Chetana Mirle, senior director of farm animals for Humane Society International, said: “By ensuring that their global egg supply chains are 100 percent cage-free by 2025, Kraft Heinz’ latest commitment provides further incentive for egg producers throughout the world to transition to cage-free housing systems that offer higher welfare standards for hens over caged systems.”