Good eggs and bad eggs this British Egg Week
As part of British Egg week, (5 – 11 October) which kicks off today, hen welfare charity, the British Hen Welfare Trust has taken the opportunity to focus on some of the big name ‘good eggs’ and ‘bad eggs’ using eggs and egg products?
As well as finding homes for hens, the charity educates the public on how they can make a difference to hen welfare through their shopping basket and encourages individuals to check the food labels.
Jane Howorth, the founder of the charity, explains “The British free range laying flock has risen steadily for many years now as a result of consumers showing their preference for free range eggs at the checkouts. As well as shell eggs, all the main supermarkets now offer a free range option in their processed food sections, and a growing number of household name brands such as Hellmanns use free range eggs.”
However the charity has taken the opportunity during British Egg Week to highlight the fact that the perfectly baked, ‘exceedingly good – free range – cakes’ previously produced by Mr Kipling appear to have gone somewhat soggy in the bottom with the transition from free range to barn eggs.
Howorth commented: “We were concerned to hear that the free range logo had gone missing from the Mr Kipling cake packaging, and immediately wrote to Premier Foods asking for an explanation. It seems whilst in 2011 they vowed to ‘only use eggs from hens free to roam’, they are now content to switch policy using eggs from hens that are simply cage-free. Naturally we’re disappointed and I think many of the British public will be too.”
There are no plans for Premier Foods to revert to using free range eggs anytime soon despite the overall growth in the use of free range eggs within the processed sector, which in turn has improved the quality of life for tens of thousands of hens. The charity claims that consumer clout at its most powerful can yield positive results for hens and hopes that consumers will take note of the latest change of heart from Mr Kipling.
To find out more about the work of the British Hen Welfare Trust, or how you can make a difference to hen welfare through your shopping basket this British Egg Week, visit www.bhwt.org.uk.