ShopRite Responds to Human Society Footage of Egg Production

(Keasbey, NJ) April 13, 2012 – ShopRite supermarkets receives fresh eggs from several suppliers to provide its customers with fresh, safe food. Products which carry the ShopRite label must meet high standards for quality and safety as well as industry-accepted standards for animal welfare.

One of ShopRite’s suppliers, Kreider Farms, provides approximately 25% of ShopRite brand eggs. ShopRite store owners were naturally concerned to see video footage released by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). A Quality Assurance team from the ShopRite cooperative immediately traveled to and inspected Kreider Farms facilities in Manheim, PA on Friday, April 13. No evidence was found to support or validate the conditions depicted in the HSUS video.

The ShopRite cooperative takes great care in selecting companies to supply its private label products. Kreider Farms is an approved vendor because it was one of the first egg producers in the country to achieve SQF (Safe Quality Food) certification, globally recognized by retailers and food service providers around the world as the most trusted food safety and quality certification program available. Kreider Farms also leads the industry in upgrading to state-of-the-art facilities. At least 80% of their cages exceed the “space per bird” standards required under existing UEP (United Egg Producer) certification standards.

In addition, recent third party, independent inspections by the State of Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture; Pennsylvania State University; University of Pennsylvania and the American College of Poultry Veterinarians have all confirmed that Kreider Farms is, and has been, operating its facilities at or above industry standards.

The families that own and operate ShopRite stores have been proud to serve their communities for more than 60 years. Their customers trust the ShopRite brand because ShopRite supports companies like Kreider Farms — a third-generation, family owned farm. The ShopRite cooperative believes that animals in food production should and can be raised, handled, transported and processed in ways that ensure they are clean, safe, well-nourished and free from cruelty, abuse or neglect.