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Cage-Free Laying Systems


Wendy’s accused of violating its cage-free egg commitment

An animal welfare group has sued the quick service restaurant for allegedly misleading its consumers to believe that 100% of their eggs are cage-free.

In 2016, Wendy’s made a commitment to utilize 100% cage-free eggs in its breakfast products by 2020. The commitment was originally made for a portion of their restaurants serving breakfast.

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Is cage-free egg demand really increasing?

Many countries in the world are moving to cage-free systems, but does it mean that Latin America is willing or needs to do so?
The U.S. and countries in the EU are are moving to cage-free layer systems, but does it mean that Latin America is willing or needs to do so?
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Proposition 12 appeal from National Pork Producers rejected

The appeal challenged the Farm Animal Confinement Initiative that required all eggs produced or sold in California to come from cage-free laying systems by the end of 2021.
On July 28th, 2021, California’s Proposition 12 law was tested in a federal courts appeal by the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF).
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100% cage-free eggs in US Krispy Kreme donuts by 2022

The donut maker and restaurant company provided an update on its cage-free egg transition.
The company website recently stated that they are on pace to convert 75% of their global system and 100% of U.S. Branded Sweet Treat products to cage-free by the end of 2021 and use 100% cage-free eggs globally by 2026. 
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Massachusetts cage-free hen space reduction in motion

Massachusetts standards for cage-free layer housing density are moving closer to similarities in the current UEP-Certified requirements, which could prevent an egg shortage in the state.
The Massachusetts Senate passed a bill on June 24, 2021, that will change the housing density mandate of the 2016 Question 3 law.
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