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Two-Thirds of Cage-Free Eggs Welfare-Certified

by 5m Editor
22 January 2010, at 7:52a.m.

US - The American Humane Associated has now certified more than two-thirds of the nation's eggs from alternative (non-cage) housing for meeting or exceeding its welfare standards.

The American Humane Association has announced that two-thirds of all cage-free eggs produced in the US now come from farms and producers that have earned the American Humane CertifiedTM label – a symbol of the nation's premier animal-welfare certification programme.

During the past several months, American Humane Certified has audited and certified 10 additional cage-free egg producers, bringing the total number of cage-free egg farms in the programme to more than 500. American Humane Certified is the nation's first science based animal-welfare programme dedicated to the humane care and handling of farm animals.

Tim Amlaw, director of American Humane Certified, said: "The increase of certified cage-free egg producers indicates a growing consumer demand for humane choices."

American Humane Certified is the leader in third-party independent certification of cage-free operations. Recently certified cage-free egg producers include:

  • Oakdell Farms – Utah
  • Burnbrae Farms – Canada
  • Iowa Cage Free Eggs – Iowa
  • Rose Acre Farms – Indiana
  • Cal-Maine – North Carolina, Florida, Arkansas and Texas
  • Dixie Eggs – Florida
  • Risser Poultry – Pennsylvania
  • Nature Pure – Ohio
  • Pecks Feeds – Wisconsin
  • Valley Fresh Foods – California

As the fastest growing third-party, independent animal-welfare label programme in the US, American Humane has certified producers raising more than 60 million farm animals.