Since our founding we have refused to use cages, but there have never been federal standards for cage free egg production in the United States. This confused our farmers, as it provided them no guidelines for what truly constituted cage free eggs. It also confused consumers, who had no federal guarantee that their eggs were sincerely sourced from cage free hens. To ensure that every egg in our 100% Cage Free cartons comes from a hen who lives a humane and natural life, all our family farms voluntarily undergo inspections by third-party auditors. These annual farm audits ensure that we fulfill our promise to provide premium eggs from happy, healthy hens.
The Certified Cage Free logo on your NestFresh carton is your assurance that our eggs come from family farms that treat their hens as part of the family.
American Humane Certified
American Humane is one of the organizations that provide audits of the facilities at our family farms. It is with their independent third-party verification that we ensure our eggs are 100% cage free.
Founded in 1877, American Humane is the oldest national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. We respect American Humane’s long held commitment to protect and care for animals like our hens. Please visit their website at www.humaneheartland.org to learn more about them and to read their standards for humane hen treatment.
With up to 200 benchmarks for a specific species, the most basic criteria require that animals:
• Have clean and sufficient food and water
• Live in a humane environment under conditions and care that limit stress
• Can express normal behaviors
• Live in an appropriate and comfortable environment that includes sufficient space, proper facilities, shelter, a resting area, and company of their own kind.
• Have a healthy life, benefiting from disease and injury prevention and rapid diagnoses and treatment
Humane Farm Animal Care Certified
Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) is a non-profit certification organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals. They have been our partner since our founding. HFAC helps us with the certification of a number of our products and the inspection of many of our family farms. To learn more about HFAC, visit them at www.certifiedhumane.org.