Michigan AG pushes for cage-free egg signage again

The state’s attorney general continues to advocate for caged and cage-free egg signage to be posted in grocery stores, even with the state’s housing law going into effect in January 2025.

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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel continues to urge grocery stores in the state to add clear signage to help consumers identify which eggs come from caged hens and which come from cage free.

Nessel’s most recent attempt to get signage implemented is in a letter addressed to Michigan grocery chain SpartanNash. In it, Nessel says:

“I recently reviewed polling data that indicated SpartanNash customers may be confused – in part due to egg carton labeling – about which eggs come from cage-free chickens. Being clear about which eggs are from caged hens is particularly important in Michigan, as Michigan law will prohibit – beginning in 2025 – the sale of eggs from caged hens.

On behalf of Michigan consumers, I urge you to add clear signage to your stores to help consumers understand which eggs, exactly, came from caged chickens and which did not, so as to help them be able to make informed choices on how they spend their hard-earned dollars.”

Nessel sent a similar letter to grocery store chain Kroger Co. in January 2024.

Like I have said before in a previous blog post, posting signage won’t matter for Michigan residents in six months because the state’s cage-free housing law will go into effect in January 2025, which will take caged eggs off the shelves completely.

Even if some believe that cage-free signage is a good idea, I really don’t understand Nessel’s efforts here, unless she thinks the state will postpone the housing law to a later date.

Also, it makes me think if signage for other products will start being pushed, not necessarily by Nessel, but in the U.S. I can’t imagine there being signage in the grocery store explaining how the chicken in chicken noodle soup cans was housed, or how a type of cheese was manufactured and how the cow that helped was raised. It could be a slippery slope.

At the end of the day, if the consumer really cares how a product is produced, they are going to research it on their own time. I don’t think a sign is needed to tell consumers how an animal was raised. If they care, they already know.

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