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hidden cage eggs in processed food

Whilst millions of Europeans want to end suffering of hens, they continue to suffer in narrow cages

7.10.2021

Whether cookies, pasta or mayonnaise, many food products contain eggs. Often, these eggs stem from farms where hens live cooped up in small cages. Although the majority of consumers are opposed to battery farming and almost all retailers have removed fresh cage eggs from their shelves, we are unknowingly still eating eggs produced in cages. So while stopping the sale of fresh cage eggs in supermarkets signaled an important victory for animal welfare, this has been just the first step.

Call for compulsory declaration on egg origin

There is no mandatory labelling for processed products and while the EU banned conventional cages and is one the way to move away from caged keeping, many other countries do not. Currently, the EU is importing egg powder/liquid eggs from countries which have no legislation of increase hen welfare, or from countries with hens in small cages.

While the EU is moving away from caged farming, we also have to become more transparent in processed products.

The suffering of millions

Tiny cages


An EU Directive allows laying hens 750 cm² of space. Any natural behavior is almost impossible in such a restricted, narrow environment.

Almost 180 million animals are still locked up in cages in the EU alone.

What you can do

Reduce, refine and replace


The 3Rs Principle is a great tool to make conscious, cruelty-free food choices for everyone. There are many ways to enjoy a variety of delicious animal-friendly food which do not contain eggs.

It has never been easier to advice on how to make this happen!

Hope for the future

#EndTheCageAge


The EU Commission will present a legislative proposal for the end of cage keeping by 2023, aiming to come into force by 2027. Impacted massively by the European Citizens' Initiative (ECI) #EndTheCageAge, which had been signed by 1.4 million citizens. 

FOUR PAWS advocates the EU-wide withdrawal of all cage systems for laying hens. We call on food manufacturers to change their procurement policies and refrain from using cage eggs in their products. Retailers should also stop the sale of food products containing cage eggs. Instead, we urge the processed food industry to shift to using eggs exclusively from free-range farms.   

A world of conscious food choices awaits!

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