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Poultry welfare advocates hope to take cage-free mission to processed egg sector

The Global Coalition for Animal Welfare has launched a consultation on the challenges of sourcing processed egg ingredients from cage-free hens.

23 August 2021, at 8:00am

The Global Coalition for Animal Welfare (GCAW), the world’s first industry-led collaboration aimed at advancing animal welfare standards throughout the global food supply chain, is holding a consultation on supply chain models for the procurement of cage-free processed egg ingredients.

The launch of the consultation follows publishing of the latest annual cage-free egg progress reporting by GCAW Members. Whilst this shows good progress in Europe and North America, there are challenges that are making progress more difficult in certain supply chains.

GCAW’s Laying Hen Welfare Working Group has identified the procurement of cage-free processed egg ingredients as a key challenge in meeting global cage-free egg commitments. Specifically, the challenges centre on availability, cost and traceability of cage-free processed egg ingredients.

The Working Group has decided to hold a public consultation to seek wider views on the potential for alternative supply chain models to facilitate procurement of cage-free processed egg ingredients. The supply chain models to be considered in the consultation are based on those described by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO): "Segregated", "Mass Balance" and "Book and Claim".

The focus of the consultation, which runs until 17 September 2021, is to seek feedback on potential solutions for the procurement of cage-free processed egg ingredients. We are keen to hear from industry associations, egg producers, other food companies, and non-governmental organisations.

The consultation is available on the GCAW website here.