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Egg industry to change cartons

Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa — Leaders of the egg industry voted Tuesday to require that egg producers who use the “Animal Care Certified” logo on their cartons also include a Web site that gives information about what some claim is the inhumane treatment of hens.

The vote by the board of directors of the United Egg Producers was in response to a ruling issued a day earlier by the Better Business Bureau that called the logo misleading. The bureau’s National Advertising Review Board said the egg industry should eliminate the logo or provide better information to consumers.

Consumers who saw the logo might be surprised to learn that the standards behind the Animal Care Certified tag still allowed confinement of hens in tiny cages, beak-clipping and forced starvation of the birds, the ruling said.

A spokesman for United Egg Producers, the national trade group for egg producers, said the ruling was not a defeat for the industry.

“This group did not say stop using the seal, what they basically said is, ‘Consumers don’t understand what this seal means. You need to do a better job of explaining what it is, ‘ “said spokesman Mitch Head.

The logo is a small black half-circle bearing the words “Animal Care Certified,” with a red check mark in the middle. Head said producers who use it will now have to include the Web address, which is run by the egg producers and contains information about the standards for chicken treatment.

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