Tesco a 'rotten egg' say animal welfare group
Tesco has been condemned by animal rights campaigners
for continuing to sell eggs from battery chickens.
The Independent* reports that Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)
animal welfare group awarded Britain's largest retailer a "Rotten Egg" in the
2008 Good Egg Awards. These awards are designed to encourage responsible egg
sourcing by businesses.
Supermarkets Sainsbury's, the Co-op and Waitrose have banned the sale of
eggs from battery chickens.
Cadbury Schweppes and Unilever will receive an award for respectively
switching Crème Eggs and Hellmann's mayonnaise free range. McDonald's award
recognises its commitment to phase out eggs from caged birds across its European
outlets by 2010. Morrisons will be commended for going free-range on own label
According to CIWF, Asda also had a poor record on eggs. However, it was
targeting Tesco because it dominates the market with 28% market share, meaning
that the chain is highly influential. "Tesco could send a very strong signal to
consumers, retailers and farmers by going free-range," said Dr Lesley Lambert,
CIWF's research director.
A Tesco spokeswoman, however, stated: "We serve a broad range of customers
so we will continue to offer a range of standard eggs that are all clearly
labelled so that shoppers can make an informed choice. We always listen to
customers and many of them tell us they are on a tight budget and rely on us to
provide affordable good quality food."
*The Independent is the media sponsor of the awards.
Good Egg Awards
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