Publix Super Markets plans to transition to 100% cage-free eggs by 2026, according to a position statement on the company’s website.
The retailer said it has been working with suppliers, industry leaders, governmental agencies and NGOs on a timeline for transitioning to cage-free eggs. Publix said it was concerned about higher prices for consumers and current WIC regulations that prevent the purchase of cage-free eggs in the areas where it operates, as well as the cost for small farms to change their raising practices.
“We understand the high standards expected of us and will continue to work to provide our customers with quality products and a variety of choices, while ensuring food safety and animal welfare,” the statement reads.
Publix noted that it currently sells seven varieties of cage-free eggs.
The Humane Society of the United States had advocated for Publix to change its policies with a campaign that included newspaper and television ads, along with a social media campaign and dedicated website.
“We appreciate that Publix will stop selling eggs from caged chickens. The future is now more certain than ever that the egg industry’s cage confinement of chickens must come to an end,” Josh Balk, senior food policy director for HSUS, said in a statement.
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