June 28, 2020
CP Foods to double cage-free output to 10 million eggs
Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CP Foods) will double its cage-free eggs production this year to 10 million eggs to encourage ethical food choices in Thailand and abroad, Mini Me Insights reported.
CP Foods vows its strict compliance with high welfare and antibiotics standards in line with the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare—freedoms from hunger and thirst; discomfort; pain; and injury; and freedom to express normal behaviour. These practices will ensure that the animals will have good physical and mental health during their time at the farm, resulting a lower chance of using antibiotic treatment for sick livestock.
Somkid Wannalukkhee, Senior Vice President at CP Foods, said the company has decided to double its cage-free production to 10 million eggs in this year since a successful pilot farm.
"CPF Foods' laying farms are gradually transitioning towards a cage-free housing system due to our commitment as a responsible food producer. The practice will help our hens to live happily without sickness and also improving quality of our egg products," he said.
He added consumers and restaurants are becoming more conscious on the ethical food trend in recent years. The company has supplied CP selection, a premium cage-free eggs, to many franchises, restaurants, supermarkets and hotel chains such as Mo-Mo-Paradise, Michelin-starred street food Jay Fai, and Japanese supermarket Don Don Donki.
CP Foods kicked off cage-free production at laying hen farm in Saraburi province. The pilot farm is operated in closed and controlled environment that guarantee high biosecurity to prevent possible contamination.
The chicken house has a low stocking density of seven laying hens per square metre compared with the US and EU standards of maximum nine hens per square metre. The low-density farming allows chickens to move and express their behaviour freely. Environmental enrichments, such as perches, are also provided to reduce stress of the animals.
CP Foods is currently exporting premium egg products to Singapore and Hong Kong as well.