Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods) is ready to apply for Thailand’s first-ever cage-free standard from the Department of Livestock Development to meet the growing global consumer demand for cage-free eggs.
Somkid Wannalukkhee, senior vice president of CP Foods, said that the new cage-free standard is a significant step for egg production in Thailand, saying it will enhance food safety and quality. There will be more and more eggs farmers switching to cage-free system.
He added that CP Foods has underlined a commitment to produce quality eggs with internationally-recognized animal welfare standards and the highest food safety. Therefore, its Wang Somboon farm is going to apply for the cage-free standard.
“The cage-free certification by the Department of Livestock Development will give consumers healthier choices. Moreover, this will help increase the credibility of CP Selection Cage Free Eggs products as well,” said Somkid.
CP Foods’ Wang Somboon operations have been involved in cage-free production since 2018, using the European Union standard farming model. The laying hens are raised with the internationally accapted 'five freedoms,” consisting of freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury and disease, freedom from fear and distress, and freedom to express normal behaviors.
The hens are reared in 12 closed and controlled environment houses. The chicken house has a low stocking density of 7-9 laying hens per square meter. Environmetal enrichments are provided to give them more opportunities to express their natural behaviors.
The special breed hens are fed with 100% whole-grain feed meal to promote the animal’s health. As a result, the company says the eggs are fresher with a fresh orange color egg yolk. They are also chemical-free and contain high nutritious values. With good sanitation and strict disease control, CP Foods’ hens are certified Salmonella-free.
These eggs are moving out of a common nest area to collecting point via an automated conveyor belt. Feeder and drinkers are located nearby the nesting area to encourage the hens to use the nest, reducing floor eggs.
CP Foods’ cage-free eggs are currently available at leading restaurants and supermarkets across Thailand.