UK: Free-range eggs take up battery eggs shelf space
Now, four years before the ban of battery cages is
introduced in the EU, major stores in England have begun phasing out eggs from
According to the British newspaper, The Telegraph, Sainsbury's, the Co-op
and Morrisons have all agreed to ban eggs from caged birds while Marks &
Spencer and Waitrose already sell only free-range eggs.
Additionally, all products that contain egg ingredients will use free-range
In 2012, the EU ban on battery cages will come into effect. Major
supermarket chains will clear their shelves of battery-caged eggs over the next
The Telegraph says that Asda and Tesco have not yet followed suit, but have
cut back shelf space given to battery hen eggs.
Sainsbury's said it was the first major supermarket to announce a ban on
battery hen eggs and was expected to end the sale of all such eggs by next year.
Morrisons also plans to stop selling eggs from caged hens by 2010.
Since 2003, Marks & Spencer have only sold eggs from non-caged hens
while the majority of Waitrose's eggs were also free-range.
Meanwhile, Tesco and Asda have almost doubled the amount of free-range or
barn eggs they stock, but have so far failed to introduce a ban. Asda said it
stocked only one line of eggs from caged birds, but there is no deadline to end
that. Tesco said it was reducing shelf space for eggs from caged hens but some
customers could not afford free-range varieties.
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