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BRF has announced all eggs used in its processed products will come from cage-free systems as of this month. The measure is part of an initiative to increase animal welfare sooner rather than later. The current step was originally planned for 2025.BRF moves its timeline to use cage free eggs forward by 5 years and wants the job done by the end of this year. Photo: Hans BanusAccording to the company, more than 23 million eggs are used each year in the production of its processed products, such as lasagna, pizza, cheese breads and pies. Starting this month, those eggs come from a supplier that has the Cage Free certification attested by the NGO Certified Humane. Its standards include balanced nutrition free of antibiotics or hormones, resting areas for animals and adequate space for natural manifestation of each species.   Eliminated use of caged layer eggs “With this initiative in Brazil, we have eliminated...

Kolkata: Chicken is set to become cheaper in the domestic market as the price of soya meal, a key poultry feed, is expected to ease off on increased availability. Industry executives said soya meal exports plunged 75.7 per cent year-on-year in May as shipments to Iran fell sharply because of the US sanctions. This has increased supply of soya meal in the domestic market, which in turn is expected to push its prices down. Soya meal constitutes 45 per cent of the poultry feed. “Since, the soya meal availability has increased in the market, prices too will fall,” Madan Mohan Maity, secretary at West Bengal Poultry Federation, told ET. “This will bring down chicken prices by 10 per cent. We are hoping price of chicken to decline from end June.” Retail chicken prices soared nearly 30 per cent to Rs 220 per kg in May from Rs 170 in January. But Amit Saraogi, managing...

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