PRESS RELEASE: By ANIMALS AUSTRALIA On JUL 28, 2016
FOOD GIANT SODEXO TO PHASE OUT CAGE EGGS WORLDWIDE
Sodexo, one of the world's largest food service companies, has announced its plans to stop using eggs from battery cages by 2025, in a move that will improve the lives of millions of hens in Australia and around the world.
The Open Wing Alliance — of which Animals Australia is a member — worked extensively with Sodexo to reach the commitment covering both shell and liquid egg products. The company serves 75 million consumers daily in schools, hospitals and corporations across 32,000 locations.
"Sodexo buys a quarter of a billion eggs each year, in 80 different countries, so this move will have a major impact on the welfare of hens globally," said Animals Australia spokesperson Lisa Chalk.
"We applaud Sodexo for their leadership. With our laws failing to protect animals, Sodexo joins a growing list of companies that are embracing the opportunity to use their purchasing power to improve the welfare of hens in their supply chains."
Initiated by U.S. group The Humane League, the Open Wing Alliance is a coalition of 13 animal protection groups from around the world with a shared goal of ending the use of battery cages in commercial egg production.
Alliance members from the USA, France, Germany, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia and others have already achieved commitments from dozens of major companies to phase out their use of cage eggs. Most recently in Australia, Animals Australia gained a commitment from Aldi — Australia's third largest supermarket chain — to join Aldi USA and Aldi Germany in taking cage eggs off their shelves.
"Keeping hens in cages so small that they can't even spread their wings has no place in modern society. Sodexo's decision is another clear signal to the egg industry that cage eggs have long since passed their use by date."
Lisa Zilberpriver — 0447 011 409
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