Majid Al Futtaim pledges to produce cage-free eggs under new animal welfare policy in regional first – Latest News – The Nation

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DUBAI – Majid Al Futtaim, the pioneer of malls, communities, retail and leisure in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, is pledging to sell only cage-free eggs in its Carrefour franchise in the region under a recently signed animal welfare policy. The company is working toward a private label assortment of 100% cage-free shell eggs in all markets it operates in by 2030 and all national brands by 2032.
Developed in partnership with The Humane League, this one-of-a-kind commitment goes beyond what the law prescribes and contributes to further improvements in agricultural conditions in the region. As part of the new farm animal health and welfare policy, Majid Al Futtaim will promote alternative and more sustainable housing systems, such as cage-free outdoor access systems, free-range systems and biological systems. To drive much-needed changes in regional markets and raise awareness of animal welfare, the company is committed to working with suppliers to increase its offerings of cage-free shell eggs in Carrefour’s assortment.
“As part of our long-standing commitment to be a leader in all the markets in which we operate, Majid Al Futtaim Retail is proud to provide its customers with products that meet the highest quality and safety standards, and which have been made by socially and environmentally responsible companies means,” said Hani Weiss, CEO of Majid Al Futtaim Retail.
“This announcement is the first farmed animal health and welfare policy in the region to set out comprehensive trade commitments and positions on critical welfare standards. Following this announcement, our customers can expect Carrefour to meet the highest animal health and welfare standards across the region. We are committed to working responsibly in this area and will continue to progress by supporting best practices across our supply chains.
This commitment aims to deliver a number of potential benefits to society at large as a result of adopting higher welfare agriculture. Cage-free egg production offers consumers a host of benefits, including better health, reduced mortality, better product quality, better disease resistance and reduced medications, lower risk of illnesses and diseases. origin, farmers’ job satisfaction and a contribution to corporate citizenship efforts.
“Majid Al Futtaim’s announcement to exclusively source cage-free eggs for all of its Carrefour retail operations will help reduce the suffering of countless hens,” said Aaron Ross, Vice President of Policy and the strategy of The Humane League. “This policy demonstrates that Majid Al Futtaim has the true courage of his convictions, cutting-edge market intelligence and strong relationships with customers and suppliers.”
In all of its markets, Majid Al Futtaim is working hand-in-hand with industry, government and trading partners to help transform the market in pursuit of the supply of cage-free eggs for its Carrefour operations, and to ensure that 100% of its private label products come from non-genetically modified animals by the end of 2023. The company has further committed to annually reviewing its progress in cage-free breeding and disclosing developments in order to remain transparent about the challenges encountered and the successes achieved in pursuing its political objectives.
The 2032 date for all of Carrefour’s regional operations will provide a prudent ten-year transition period taking into account the unique challenges of certain regional markets. Majid Al Futtaim will work closely with national brand suppliers, industry partners and other stakeholders on systematic shifts towards higher animal health and welfare standards in the respective markets.
The policy also stipulates several important points relating to the health and general welfare of animals, including freedom from hunger, thirst and discomfort by providing an appropriate environment. Freedom from pain, illness, injury and freedom to display normal behavior. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment that avoid mental suffering. And finally, the freedom to have positive experiences by providing appropriate conditions to experience positive emotions and encourage natural behavior.

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