McDonald’s Corporation has announced that it will begin phasing out the use of eggs from hens confined to cages.
The move has implications for thousands of egg producers because the company uses about two billion shell and liquid eggs annually, a little more than 4 percent of the 43.56 billion eggs produced in the United States last year. The announcement comes on the heels of the franchise company's decision to provide breakfast items all day long, increasing the demand for eggs.
With less than 10 percent of the nation’s laying hens housed as “cage-free,” it could take McDonald’s up to 10 years to reach its goal of having 100 percent come from hens in “aviary systems.” Those allow chickens to move freely up and down tiers and among nesting areas inside barns, The New York Times reports.
Burger King was one of the first giant fast-food chains to vow to use cage-free eggs, promising to have its supply chain converted by 2017.
Read the original story here: NYT