| 15.11,17. 01:43 AM |
Nestle pledges to ban caged eggs from all its products worldwide
Confectionery giant Nestle has pledged to ban caged eggs from its factories in an effort to pressure the global egg industry into adopting more humane practices.
The new cage-free policy will be adopted in 189 countries around the world, including Australia.
Nestle is the world's largest food company, and encompasses well-known local brands Uncle Toby's, Nescafe, Milo, KitKat, Sustagen, Nespresso, Purina One and Allen's.
"Our purpose is to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future. This includes ensuring decent welfare standards for animals that are reared for the ingredients used in our products," Nestle said in a statement.
"To help drive welfare improvements for egg-laying hens, our goal is to use only cage-free eggs for all of our food products globally by 2025. This includes all shell eggs and egg products (for example whole egg powder and liquid, egg white powder and liquid) directly sourced as ingredients by Nestle.
"For the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Oceania we will do so by 2025 and in Asia we will aim for the same transition period as conditions allow."
Animal welfare organisation Animals Australia said that Nestle's decision to go cage-free will prove to be a profitable decision.
"We commend Nestlé’s ground-breaking animal welfare policy. As the largest food company in the world, this decision is a signal to the rest of the food industry that cage eggs don’t have a future," said spokesperson Jesse Marks.
"Australian consumers are concerned about the cruelty egg-laying hens suffer in cages, with a recent Roy Morgan poll showing that 67 percent of Australians are more likely to support a company that has a policy not to use or sell cage eggs.
"This decision by Nestlé demonstrates how leaders in the corporate sector can listen to their customers and respond."
Nestle joins other notable companies to cut cage-free eggs from production including Subway, McDonald's. Hungry Jacks, Woolworths, Aldi and Arnott's.