Good Egg Award
Since 2007, the Good Egg Award has recognised companies that use or have committed (within five years) to use cage-free eggs or egg products. To date more than 53 million laying hens are set to benefit each year from our award winners’ policies.
It takes more than 6.5 billion laying hens to produce the eggs required for the global egg market, with over 60% of hens kept in industrialised caged systems.
Minimum conditions for the protection of laying hens are set out in the EU Directive (Council Directive 1999/74/EC), which has banned the use of the barren battery cage since 1 January 2012. Some EU member states are still not fully compliant with this legislation and we urge all food businesses to check their supply chains for compliance.
In the EU, there are over 360 million laying hens kept for egg production each year, and around 38 million in the UK. Over 50% are housed in cages, the majority of which are ‘enriched’ cages, which although legal in the EU, are still confinement systems.
In the USA, nearly all laying hens are confined in barren battery cages.
Hens start laying regularly at around 18-20 weeks of age and commercially they lay for just over a year before being sent for slaughter. Most of their lives are therefore spent in confinement.
Caged Egg Production
Overview of intensive indoor egg-laying hen farming, detailing both barren battery cages and enriched cagesRead more »
Higher Welfare Alternatives
Overview of higher welfare egg laying hen farming, detailing organic and free range, as well as higher welfare indoor systemsRead more »
The awards are a great way to advance your corporate social responsibility, increase your brand loyalty and supply chain compliance, giving you greater transparency and traceability across your operationsRead more »
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