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US: McDonald's to use only cage-free eggs within next decade

Date: 9 Sep 2015

McDonald's Restaurant

McDonald's has said that it will source the 2 billion eggs it uses annually in the US and Canada from cage-free hens over the next decade. Less than one percent of its eggs are currently cage-free.

The move is the latest change brought in under new CEO Steve Easterbrook to make the company more modern and progressive in the face of growing competition and rising awareness in the US of animal welfare issues. It brings the company into line with Subway and Starbucks who have made a similar commitment on cage-free eggs.

The change to cage-free eggs will take time because the capacity within US suppliers currently does not exist to meet the demand that McDonald's will create. Only around 6 percent of egg-laying hens in the US are currently cage-free. The company has said it will work with existing suppliers to convert housing systems for their hens.

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