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Are Food Labeling Activists Making Unreasonable Demands?


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Are Food Labeling Activists Making Unreasonable Demands?

The Humane Society and United Egg Producers are calling for stricter labeling on eggs. According to Time magazine, the two organizations are seeking labels that will inform consumers of what type of environment the egg came from.

Label suggestions include "eggs from caged hens," "eggs from hens in enriched cages," "eggs from cage-free hens." "Enriched cages" are defined by the source as cages which are double the size of conventional cages, enabling chickens to engage in natural behaviors such as perching and scratching.

"The FDA already mandates that egg cartons list the name and location of the producer, as well as nutrition information," wrote Katy Steinmetz for the source. "And the USDA oversees size labels from 'jumbo' to 'peewee' and grades from 'AA' to 'B.'"

Steinmetz adds that egg producers add additional information, such as whether the eggs are organic or if the chickens were fed a vegetarian diet.

In a mockery of the extreme labeling initiatives, Time magazine featured an image of a carton of eggs that featured labels such as "Laid by: A chicken who enjoys long walks on the prairie," "Laid by: A chicken who is petted regularly" and "Laid by: A chicken who was feeling so-so at the time."