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More stores only stock free range eggs

PUBLISHED: 13:13 08 January 2008 | UPDATED: 08:18 28 March 2014

JANUARY 2008: Major stores have started clearing their shelves of eggs from caged birds four years before the introduction of a new EU law to stop birds being kept in tiny cages.

Sainsbury's, the Co-op and Morrisons have all agreed


to ban eggs from caged birds while Marks & Spencer and Waitrose


already sell only free-range eggs.

All products containing egg will also use free-range varieties.

The


chains will phase out battery hen eggs over the next two years, before


an EU ban on battery cages due to come into effect in 2012.

Asda and Tesco have not yet followed suit, but have cut back shelf space given to battery hen eggs.

In


Britain, "enriched cages", which are larger and have a perch, nest and


litter, will still be legal but Germany will also ban these cages.

The move comes as the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver launches a campaign to persuade consumers to demand better welfare for hens.

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