16 December 2010

Humane Society urges McDonald's to improve egg safety

Following yet another egg recall, and subsequent food safety fears, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has submitted a shareholder resolution asking the McDonald’s Corporation to begin the transition towards using eggs from cage free hens. Many scientific studies have shown cage free egg facilities to have a lower risk of salmonella contamination then caged hen operations.

“Piling hens into cages so small the birds can’t even extend their wings, is both an animal welfare and food safety threat,” says Dr. Michael Greger, the director of public health and animal agriculture for the HSUS. “It’s time for the McDonald’s to follow the lead of major companies and phase-in cage-free eggs, which are better for animals and safer for consumers.”

McDonald’s U.S. only uses eggs from caged hens, unlike English locations which are now completely cage-free. Franchises in European Union locations will be battery cage free by the end of this year.

Each of the half a billion eggs involved in the recalls this summer were from hens confined in cages so small, that each bird has a space of less than a piece of paper. Cage-free birds have two to three times that space; however they are typically still not allowed access to fresh air.

For more information please go to http://www.humanesociety.org/

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

Photo Credit: cc: flickr.com/photos/cursedthing