OTTAWA, September 9, 2015 – Today, McDonald’s announced it will fully transition to cage-free eggs for its nearly 16,000 restaurants in the U.S. and Canada over the next 10 years.
As further evidenced by the recent study by the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply, each major production system—conventional, enriched, free run, free range, and aviary—has trade-offs across a wide variety of factors (e.g. costs, welfare, energy, human health, environment).
Thus, we respect McDonald’s decision to leverage the research and transition over time and with the assistance of the North American industry. Egg Farmers of Canada, on behalf of Canada’s more than 1,000 farms, welcomes and accepts their request for stakeholder and expert advice as they work through the important operational and financial details of converting their supply chain.
Egg farmers in Canada respond to consumer preferences and demand by offering choice, including classic white and brown eggs, and specialty eggs such as Omega-3, free-run and free-range. Furthermore, irrespective of the production system, Canadian egg farmers produce eggs that are among the best in the world in terms of quality and freshness and assure hen well-being through proper care and handling.
About Egg Farmers of Canada
Now in its fifth decade as one of Canada’s leading agriculture organizations, Egg Farmers of Canada manages the national egg supply and promotes egg consumption while representing the interests of regulated egg producers from coast to coast.