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THAI FOOD COMPANY TO PRODUCE 20 MILLION CAGE-FREE EGGS IN 2022

Thai company Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) plans to expand the production capacity of cage-free eggs to 20 million in 2022 and prepares to export to Hong Kong. The movement is to meet the rising demand for high animal welfare standard and antibiotic-free products, the company said in a press release. Mr. Somkid Wannalukkhee, senior vice president for egg business in Thailand at CP Foods, said the company commits to being a business operation based on humane treatment to animals by raising layer chickens in a cage-free housing system. The effort is along with its global Animal Welfare Policy and to achieve its new sustainability strategy “CPF 2030 Sustainability in Action”. “The cage-free farming is one of the animal welfare movement’s biggest successes to strengthen food safety standards in egg products for consumers and also promote sustainable consumption,” said Somkid. At present, CP Foods’ Cage-Free eggs are sourced from Wang Somboon Farm in Saraburi Province, the first layer cage-free farm in Thailand that is certified by Thailand’s Department of Livestock Development for Cage-Free farming. The laying hens are naturally raised in closed-system houses that follow the ‘Five freedoms’ principles: consisting of freedom from hunger and thirst; discomfort, pain, injury and disease; fear and distress, and express animal instincts and behavior. As a result, the hens are happy, healthy, and antibiotic-free throughout their lives. Farms are managed in accordance with international welfare principles, all system digitally controlled, in addition It has introduced digital product traceability system and uses 100% recyclable egg trays.