The NFU’s list of food companies and retailers that have committed to sourcing eggs and products from higher-welfare systems only – and those that have not – has now been published.

The list has been drawn up following the introduction of the Welfare of Laying Hens Directive on 1 January 2012, which outlaws the use of conventional cages throughout the EU.

But many member states have failed to convert to the new enriched cage systems and there is a fear these illegal eggs will end up on the UK market – either as shell eggs, but more likely in processed products – undercutting domestic producers.

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The NFU and DEFRA have contacted some the country’s leading supermarkets, food processors and manufacturers to find out what their sourcing policy is with regards to eggs.

See the full list on the NFU website.