Last week Woolworths announced they would begin phasing out all caged eggs sold in-store by 2018, including home brand products..
The announcement was made as part of a new partnership with Chef Jamie Oliver which, Woolworths assured, would spur a number of significant changes.
RSPCA have expressed their support for the decision, saying the change reflects an increasing demand for higher welfare food.
RSPCA Senior Scientific Officer (Farm Animals) Ms Melina Tensen said in a statement that Woolworths’ commitment would change the lives of millions of hens and would highlight the effectiveness of consumer purchasing power.
“Switching to cage-free is a small price to pay when you consider the big difference it can make to the life of a hen,” she said.
Woolworths will also change to RSPCA or equivalent approved standards for all fresh chicken sold in-store by the end of next year.