Supermarket Chains Ecology Question 6
EN: Has the brand banned battery eggs from the shelves and from the store brand products that contain egg, and does the brand offer free range and organic eggs and chicken meat?
NL: Heeft het merk eieren van legbatterijen uit het assortiment gebannen en uit de eigen merk producten die ei bevatten, en biedt het merk vrije uitloop en biologische eieren?
DE: Bietet der Markenhersteller keine Eier von Legehennen aus Batteriekäfighaltung an? Werden diese auch nicht mehr zu Herstellung der Eigenmarken benutzt? Bietet die Marke Eier aus Freiland- oder Biohaltung an?
Egg farming in EU is classified into 4 categories and should be labelled accordingly: 0 for Organic, 1 for Free Range, 2 for Barn and 3 for Cages.
Battery cages are used primarily for egg-laying hens. The battery cage is controversial for reasons of animal welfare and animal rights . Battery cages are due to be banned in the European Union from 2012 after a 10-year phaseout, to be replaced by 'enriched' cages .
In the Netherlands, brands like Albert Heijn have already set the benchmark by excluding cage eggs from the shells and also from the store brand products where egg is an ingredient. Further, Albert Heijn offers free range and organic eggs in addition to the barn eggs. This is currently best practice and selected as a benchmark for this question.
As best practices will further develop in time, Rank a Brand will apply stricter criteria to this question, for example require extra minimum animal welfare standards, or policies to outphase conventional chicken meat, or policies to increase the share of free range eggs and organic chicken meat.