French group commits to eggs from cage-free hens by 2025

French group 'commits to eggs from cage-free hens by 2025'

French bakery group Brioche Pasquier has committed to ending the use of eggs from caged hens in France and at its operations in other countries by 2025, according to French animal welfare campaigners.

The campaign group L214, which works to expose illegal practices and promote ethics in the treatment of animals for food production, said yesterday (7 June) Brioche Paquier gave the commitment "following discussions with the group".

A spokesperson for L214, which takes its name from the number of the act in French law that designated animals as "sensitive beings", said: "Brioche Pasquier's decision proves... that the rejection of battery farming in hens is not only the concern of large retailers, but of the agrifood sector as a whole, including manufacturers of processed products."

The move follows plans announced by French pasta maker Panzani, part of Spain-based Ebro Foods, to use only cage-free eggs by 2025. Panzani announced the pledge after becoming linked to allegations of animal abuse at a French egg farm.

Brioche Pasquier also has production plants in Spain, the UK and in the US, since the acquisition of Galaxy Desserts in 2012.

The company had not responded to just-food's request for comment at the time of publication.