Transitioning to cage-free egg production in China

Many global food businesses and retailers intend to phase out caged eggs from their global supply chains by 2025. The current percentage of cage-free egg production in China is low. This poses a challenge for global brands that have pledged to shift to cage-free egg production.

This report, commissioned by GCAW, highlights pertinent information required for a successful transition to cage-free production in China, with relevance for all food supply chain actors.

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Member progress against cage-free commitment

GCAW members believe that cage systems for laying hens (including battery cages, furnished/enriched cages, and combi-cages used inappropriately) severely restrict behavioural freedom and prevent hens from expressing highly motivated behaviours. In contrast, cage-free systems (including single or multi-level barns or aviaries) allow the expression of a more diverse array of natural behaviour patterns when they contain facilities such as litter for dustbathing and foraging, nest boxes for egg laying and elevated perches (with the greatest behavioural diversity occurring in free-range systems 1). Member companies may have further detailed criteria in place linked to their commitments.

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