Ben & Jerry's chooses cage-free eggs
Premium ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's has
announced that it will only use eggs from cage-free chickens in its
The Canadian company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever
, said it will be
the first major national food manufacturer make a total transition to egg
suppliers who use 'Certified-Humane'
, cage-free methods to raise their
â€œI speak for all of us at Ben & Jerry's
how pleased we are to announce this transition,â€ said Walt Freese, Ben &
â€œEarlier this year, the Humane Society of the
(HSUS) brought to our attention issues related to the
treatment of egg-laying hens,â€ said Rob Michalak, Ben & Jerry's Director of
"The closer we got to the issue, the more we realised how
complex it was. It required us to move beyond our own expertise. We received
substantive input from a variety of experts and resources, all of which helped
us to arrive at our decision," said Michalak.
The company's statement says the move is consistent with Ben & Jerry's
mission and values.
The transition to using the cage-free eggs will be phased in over the next
The Humane Society says that the company's decision will result in improved
welfare for tens of thousands of animals.
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