White Leghorn egg-laying chickens in cages in their hen house.The Humane Society of the United States has filed legal complaints with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that Hillandale Farms, a Costco egg supplier, has deceived consumers with its poor animal welfare standards and “filthy and unsanitary conditions,” resulting in food
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The Costco grocery store chain and one of its egg suppliers, Hillandale Farms, have responded to the findings of an undercover investigation recently conducted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Earlier this week, HSUS posted a video online showing “inhumane treatment of animals and food safety concerns”
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Costco Egg InvestigationAn undercover investigation recently conducted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has discovered “inhumane treatment of animals and food safety concerns” at a Hillandale Farms facility in Gettysburg, PA. The company supplies some Costco stores under the brand name “Nearby Eggs” and was partly responsible for the
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On Feb. 3, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) re-introduced his Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA), which he attempted to amend into last year’s farm bill. King’s bill would prevent states and local jurisdictions from interfering with the production and distribution of agricultural products in interstate or foreign commerce. In his statement
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The humane treatment of farm animals won a huge public show of support last month when Starbucks announced plans to require dairy, meat, and egg products served in its coffee shops to come from suppliers that follow certain animal-welfare standards. For the coffee giant’s customers, the take-home message comes down
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On Jan. 2, a new California law will require that shell eggs sold at retail in the state will come only from hens housed in larger cages, be they resident or non-resident hens. This change comes at a time when egg consumption and prices are both up to historic highs,
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