Egg Labeling Under Fire

Posted by Stephen Wells, ALDF's Executive Director on September 22, 2010

Yesterday, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and Compassion Over Killing filed a petition calling upon the Food and Drug Administration to mandate the full disclosure of production methods–including the
identification of “eggs from caged hens”–on all egg cartons sold within
the United States. 

Animal welfare related claims on egg cartons are almost entirely
unregulated in the U.S., rendering the labeling landscape nearly
meaningless. Federal oversight is necessary to protect consumers from an
array of false and misleading claims found on egg cartons nationwide.
Phrases such as “animal-friendly,” as well as images of happy hens
roaming around outside can be used indiscriminately on egg cartons, even
when those eggs are produced by birds confined inside wire battery
cages so restrictive that they can’t perform many of their most natural
behaviors, including nesting, perching, spreading their wings, and even

Consumers expect and deserve meaningful information on food labels. Mandatory disclosure labeling of eggs from caged hens on egg cartons
has already been implemented throughout the European Union and
Australia. It’s high time for similar standards to be implemented in the

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