Certified-humane eggs

Going mainstream?

December 27, 2012

The “Certified Humane” label has appeared on egg cartons for several years now; it basically means that laying hens are treated a little bit better than caged battery hens. Now, though, comes word that Safeway — the country’s second-largest grocery chain — has decided to require all of its organic and cage-free egg producers to include the label.

This doesn’t mean that all of the retailer’s eggs will be certified humane; as Rebekah Denn reported for the Seattle Times, “Eggs that aren’t labeled cage-free or organic aren’t included in the requirement.” For a list of all the producers and products with the CH label, check out the website run by the nonprofit Humane Farm Animal Care.

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