GCAW Consultation on Cage-Free Egg Procurement

GCAW Consultation on Cage-Free Egg Procurement

The Laying Hen Welfare Working Group has launched a consultation on supply chain models for procurement of cage-free processed egg ingredients.

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 17th September 2021 (now extended to the 1st October 2021), is to seek feedback on potential solutions for the procurement of cage-free processed egg ingredients. We are keen to hear from egg producers, industry associations, other food companies, and non-governmental organisations.

The consultation can be downloaded here.

All feedback received will be treated in strictest confidence. To avoid individual respondents being identified, any information gathered via the consultation will be aggregated or anonymised by the GCAW Secretariat before being shared publicly or with the GCAW members.

At the close of the consultation period, we will prepare a summary report of the responses received. This will be published on the GCAW website. We also plan to present the results in a public webinar, to which respondents will be invited. The information resulting from the consultation will be used to help inform the work of GCAW’s Laying Hen Welfare Working Group, with implications for the member companies and wider food industry supply chains.

Nathan Rhys Williams