US - Eggs from the National Pasteurized Eggs company, sold in grocery stores under the Davidson’s brand, is misrepresenting how its eggs are produced, according to a federal complaint filed by animal welfare organisation The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
The complaint, filed with the Federal Trade Commission, calls for the agency to further investigate potential violations of federal false advertising laws.
Davidson’s cartons prominently depict lush open pastures, a red barn and free-roaming hens, but the HSUS says many of the eggs in these boxes come from caged hens. HSUS also claims that the company misleads consumers by saying its process “eliminates the risk of Salmonella” from eggs.
National Pasteurized Eggs, Inc. is in the process of being acquired by St. Louis-based Post Holdings.
“Post won’t even commit itself to a cage-free future, despite the demands of its customers and moves by its competitors,” said Paul Shapiro, vice president of farm animal protection for The HSUS. “Now Post is buying a company that both sells eggs from caged hens and misleads customers into thinking those eggs are cage-free. The situation’s just rotten.”
Many US companies have recently committed to using only cage-free eggs in future.ThePoultrySite News Desk