Unilever and McDonalds change to free-range eggs
McDonald's and Unilever will stop using battery eggs for
their products. Both multinational concerns confirmed to the animal welfare
organisation Compassion In World Farming (CIWF) that they will only use
free-range eggs from now on.
The Dutch/British food and cosmetics concern Unilever uses 650 million eggs
per year in Europe. The eggs are used in mayonnaise, dressing, ice-cream and
shampoo. To meet this demand, 2.5 million chickens are needed. Before 2010, all
the products should be made from free-range eggs. The transfer from battery eggs
to free-range eggs will be done in phases. It will be first implemented in
Europe and then in the rest of the world.
This week, McDonald's and Unilever were awarded with the Compassion In
World Farming's Good Egg Award. This award is introduced by the CIWF.
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