General Mills is working toward using exclusively cage-free eggs in its products, according to a statement released by the company on Tuesday.
The food manufacturing giant has many product lines that use eggs, including Pillsbury, Betty Crocker and Progresso soups. The company did not provide a date by which it will be 100% cage-free, citing the current avian flu crisis as “deeply disruptive” to any such plans. General Mills’ largest international business, ice cream maker Häagen-Dazs, already sources 100% free-range eggs for its products.
General Mills’ shift to cage-free eggs comes on the heels of Costco coming under scrutiny for mistreatment of the hens that produce the retail chain’s eggs. Costco did not immediately commit to making more of an effort to source cage-free or free-range eggs—even after a letter from Ryan Gosling urged the company to do so.