Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

New Bill In Congress Purposes Mandatory Egg-Labeling

EggsCage-free, "free range", pasture-raised or just “eggs” – a growing number of people are concerned with where and how their food is produced, and a new bill in Congress would make

egg-labeling mandatory, as well as adding more humane living standards for millions of egg-laying hens in the U.S.

Paul Shapiro with the Humane Society of the United States says currently, egg cartons do not have to be labeled for sale, and those that are labeled can be confusing. He says nine out of ten cartons are from hens that live in “battery cages.”

Shapiro says egg-labeling options can include “cage free,” which means birds are able to stretch and are not in cages.  “Free-range" could mean hens have some outdoor access and "pasture-raised" should mean that hens are laying eggs outside.

There are no current industry rules and the living standards are not always clear.  However, Shapiro says any of these options are preferable to battery cages, which have already been banned in the European Union.

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