SOUTH AFRICA - McDonald’s South Africa has announced plans to switch to 100 per cent cage-free eggs in its supply chain by 2025, similar to announcements by companies in the US, UK and Latin America.
In South Africa, most egg-laying hens are kept in battery cages.
McDonald’s SA Chief Executive Officer, Greg Solomon, stated: "We are pleased to announce, ahead of the 12 month timeframe we set for ourselves that we will fully transition to cage-free eggs in all our restaurants across South Africa by 2025.
"Starting in 2017, we will begin to phase in cage-free eggs at all of our restaurants. Our egg supplier has committed to providing us with quality, safe and consistent supply at more than 10 per cent per annum until all the eggs we purchase are cage-free by 2025. The move is testament to McDonald’s commitment towards sustainability and food innovations."
This policy follows dialogue with animal welfare organisation Humane Society International.
Tozie Zokufa, Africa programme manager for Humane Society International, stated: “McDonald’s decision to switch to exclusively cage-free eggs improves the landscape for farm animals across South Africa, and makes it clear that the future of egg production is cage-free. We look forward to working with more companies on similar policies."
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