ShopRite Responds to Video
April 13, 2016
On April 8, 2016 we were contacted by Mercy For Animals regarding alleged animal abuse at an egg farm believed to be a supplier to ShopRite. We were disappointed to learn that the alleged abuse had occurred back in February and Mercy for Animals waited until April to bring this to our attention considering the serious nature of the abuse.
Upon investigation, we learned that Shady Brae Farms is only an occasional supplier to ShopRite, representing less than one percent of our private label eggs sold. Nevertheless, we initiated an investigation and suspended any pending orders.
A preliminary inspection of the farm, conducted by animal care experts from Penn State University, showed that the hens were well cared for and conditions at the farm met or exceeded industry animal welfare standards.
Today, 90% of all fresh, shell eggs sold nationwide come from conventional, caged hens. We recognize that there are better options available, which is why Wakefern Food Corp. announced its commitment to source 100% cage-free eggs for our private label brands, based on available supply, by 2025; the VERY SAME timeline adopted by most other supermarket retailers.
Most experts agree it will take time and resources for the egg industry to transition from conventional to cage-free production systems.
Until that time, we hold our suppliers to contemporary industry standards expecting that animals used in the production of food be treated humanely so that our customers can continue to have the safe, quality food they depend on to care for and feed their families.