Open your fridge or pantry, and chances are you’ll see a Nestlé product on the shelves. As the world’s biggest food producer, Nestlé is responsible for everything from baby formula to coffee pods, chocolate and Lean Cuisine meals. And now, the multi-tasking multinational is taking that responsibility seriously by signing on to eliminate cage eggs from all products by 2025.
The global initiative will kick off in Europe and the US first, where it will make the transition to cage-free eggs by 2020, before rolling out the program to the rest of the world, covering 189 countries in total. It is estimated that this move will improve the lives of tens of millions of hens.
In announcing the initiative, Nestlé said: “Our purpose is to enhance quality of life and contribute to a healthier future. This includes ensuring decent welfare standards for animals that are reared for the ingredients used in our products.”Animals Australia
“Australian consumers are concerned about the cruelty egg-laying hens suffer in cages, with a recent Roy Morgan poll showing that 67 per cent of Australians are more likely to support a company that has a policy not to use or sell cage eggs. This decision by Nestlé demonstrates how leaders in the corporate sector can listen to their customers and respond,” said Jesse.Cracking the egg labelling rules
When it comes to shopping for eggs, Australian labels can be misleading. To help you make the right choice next time you’re in the egg aisle, Choice has released its CluckAR tool, an app that lets you point your smartphone at the carton to find out whether the eggs are legitimately free-range, or if they’ve been produced using less-than-ideal farming practices. Once you’ve stocked up on quality free-range eggs, whip up one of these egg recipes from Foodiful.
Melbourne-based food and wine writer Sarah Gamboni has had to pull back on a few of her favourite things – chilli, gin and espresso – since bringing her daughter, Frankie, into the world. But she has discovered one post-natal perk: those stretchy-waist maternity jeans are heaven when heading out for a big meal. Follow her on Instagram @eatmywords_au