US Council member wants cage eggs labelled
A Washington DC Council member has proposed a local
law requiring stores that sell eggs to show whether they were produced by hens
kept in cages.
Councillor Jim Graham was cited as saying to the Washington Post that he
doesn't know where his eggs come from when he shops at his local supermarket,
but that he would like to know.
Under the proposed law, egg sellers would be required to hang prominent
signs saying "eggs may be from caged hens."
Erik Lieberman, director of government affairs for the National Grocers
, was quoted as saying, "We see it as a government-mandated
marketing programme. We don't need a city mandating that signs go up in every
Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society was cited as saying it could set a
precedent, adding, "The bill is important in that it protects consumers who are
concerned about animal cruelty."
Mitch Head, a spokesman for United Egg Producers, which represents about 85
percent of US egg producers, was cited as saying that about 95 percent of eggs
sold are produced by caged hens, and that a decade ago, the number was closer to
The law would be another step in a recent trend towards advocacy for
cage-free eggs, including the ban or reduction of cage eggs in the national
supermarket chains Whole Foods Market
and Wild Oats Natural
, as well as at the American University, George Washington
University, Gallaudet University and Georgetown University.
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