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December 21, 2010

Food Network Star Chef Duff and Charm City Cakes Hatch Cage-Free Egg Plan

The Humane Society of the United States is praising Chef Duff Goldman, star of Food Network’s show Ace of Cakes, for joining the growing national movement away from one of the worst farm abuses by switching all the eggs that his company, Charm City Cakes, uses to cage-free.

“The Humane Society of the United States is delighted that Chef Duff and Charm City Cakes have joined the national movement away from eggs from caged hens, which improves animal welfare, sustainability, and food safety,” said Josh Balk, outreach director of The HSUS’ factory farming campaign.

“Charm City Cakes is pleased to have switched to only using cage-free eggs, which is a great way to improve animal welfare and meet our customers’ expectations for being socially responsible,” stated Chef Duff, owner of the Baltimore-based, nationally-recognized company.

Chef Duff joins Food Network star Guy Fieri, who switched all eggs served at his two California restaurants to cage-free in June 2010. Major food manufacturers Kraft, Otis Spunkmeyer and Sara Lee are switching millions of eggs in their products to cage-free. Hellmann’s mayonnaise announced that it will convert all 350 million eggs it uses each year to cage-free. Major restaurant chains—including Subway, Burger King, Wendy’s, Denny’s, Sonic, Quiznos, Hardee’s, Red Robin and Carl's Jr.—use cage-free eggs. And supermarket chains including Wal-Mart, Costco and Safeway have taken steps to increase their cage-free egg sales.

California and Michigan have passed laws to outlaw the cage confinement of hens, and California passed a law requiring all whole eggs used in the state to be cage-free by 2015.

Facts

  • U.S. factory farms confine about 280 million hens in cages so small, they can't even spread their wings. Extensive scientific research confirms this causes suffering.
  • Cage-free hens generally have two to three times more space per bird than caged hens. Cage-free hens may not be able to go outside and, like caged hens, may have parts of their beaks cut off, but they can walk, spread their wings and lay their eggs in nests—all behaviors permanently denied to hens crammed into cages.
  • Factory farming is a major social issue: A study by food industry consultancy Technomic ranked animal welfare as the third-most important social issue to restaurant patrons; an American Farm Bureau-funded report found that 89 percent of Americans believe that food companies that require their suppliers to treat farm animals better are doing the right thing; and a Citigroup report found that cruelty to animals presents a “headline risk” to restaurant companies. 

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The Humane Society of the United States is the nation's largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty — On the Web at humanesociety.org.

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