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UK consumers seek out free-range eggs

More than half of the British public always buy free-range eggs and a further quarter regularly purchase them, according to the results of a recent survey of 2,000 adults.

The survey, carried out for the British Free Range Egg Producers' Association (Bfrepa) to coincide with British Egg Week, found 52% of respondents said they always bought free-range eggs and 28% said they regularly shopped for them.

Bird welfare and support for farmers were key reasons given for buying free-range eggs.

Great tasting eggs

Myles Thomas, Bfrepa chairman, said he was delighted such a large number of people were now looking for free-range eggs regularly. "Free-range egg producers work really hard to produce a great-tasting egg that is nutritious, safe to eat and has fantastic welfare benefits for the hens that lay them," he said.

The most recent Defra UK egg statistics, covering the second quarter of this year, showed sales of free-range eggs topped 3m for the first time for a number of years, out of total sales of 6.9m.

Enriched cages

Animal welfare groups however, took the opportunity to highlight the number of hens still being housed in enriched cages.

Isobel Hutchinson, Animal Aid campaigner, said much of the public were under the impression that all caged systems had been outlawed and she urged consumers to switch to vegan options, saying there was a growing range of egg-free foods available in supermarkets and health food shops.

Source: Poultry World

Tony McDougal

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