Following a shocking investigation into its egg suppliers by animal protection organisation Lever槓桿, Tesco, one of the world’s leading retail chains, announced a plan to sell only eggs from cage-free hens by 2028 in its Malaysia and Thailand stores. Lever槓桿 praised Tesco for being the first major retailer in Malaysia and Thailand to adopt a 100 percent cage-free egg policy.
“We applaud Tesco’s leadership on this important animal welfare and food safety issue,” said Katherine Ma, Program Manager for Lever槓桿. “The vast majority of leading retailers across Europe, North America, and South America have pledged to sell only cage-free eggs; we commend Tesco for being the first retailer in Malaysia and Thailand to make the same excellent commitment.”
The European Food Safety Authority has found cage-free eggs are much safer for consumers, with a dramatically lower risk of salmonella contamination compared to eggs from farms that confine hens in cages. Leading national and global animal protection organizations all condemn caged egg production for the intense suffering it causes animals.
“SPCA Selangor would like to commend Tesco for committing to end the sourcing of eggs from caged hens for its operations in Malaysia by 2028,” said Christine Chin, Chairman of SPCA Selangor.
“This is a positive step forward in improving farm animal welfare and food safety in Malaysia. We will continue to work with farmers and producers in Malaysia to adopt cage-free practices and ensure a consistent and sustainable supply of cage-free eggs. With this pledge to source only cage-free eggs, tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of egg-laying hens in Malaysia will have more space to stretch their wings, nest, forage, socialise, perch, and dust-bathe. We thank Tesco for making a difference to the lives of egg-laying hens in Malaysia and trust that more businesses will follow suit.”
Tesco now joins dozens of other leading food companies, including Starbucks, Subway, Nestle, Kraft, Kellogg, Unilever and others who have also made commitments to use only cage-free eggs in Malaysia and throughout Asia.
Lever槓桿is a non-profit organisation working to protect farm animals in Asia.