Following in the wake of similar announcements from many of the country’s largest supermarkets, Wal-Mart Stores has promised to transition to cage-free eggs at its Walmart U.S. and Sam’s Club U.S. stores by 2025.
The retailer said the move was in line with its commitment to achieve the “Five Freedoms” of animal welfare for farm animals in its supply chain.
In addition to moving to a 100% cage-free egg supply chain based on available supply, affordability and customer demand, Walmart will require all its shell egg suppliers to be certified and fully compliant with United Egg Producers’ Animal Husbandry Guidelines. It will also encourage suppliers to improve the welfare of laying hens through selective breeding practices, innovation and best management practices.
“Our customers and associates count on Walmart and Sam’s Club to deliver on affordability and quality, while at the same time offering transparency into how their food is grown and raised,” Kathleen McLaughlin, chief sustainability officer at Walmart, said in a press release. “Our commitment to transition to a cage-free egg supply chain recognizes that expectation and represents another step we are taking to improve transparency for food we sell in our U.S. stores and clubs.”
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