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Subway to switch to cage-free eggs by 2025

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters — Sandwich chain Subway said it would stop using eggs laid by caged hens in its North American outlets by 2025, joining a number of companies that are going cage-free amid pressure from consumers and animal-rights groups. Subway, which already serves eggs laid by free-range hens at its outlets in Europe and eggs laid […] Read more




U.S. bird flu causes egg shortage, emergency measures

Reading Time: 4 minutes Chicago/New York | Reuters — As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern U.S., some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps — importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for Archer Daniels Midland said that as egg supplies tighten and prices rise, the food processing and commodities […] Read more


Gluten-free tortilla rounds, from left: control, Yellow Pea, Chick Pea, Pinto Bean, Navy Bean, Green Lentil.

A gluten-free market for pulses

A new Cigi project may help western pulses tap into growing nutritional demand

Reading Time: 3 minutes The use of pulses as ingredients to improve nutritional levels in gluten-free commercial food products is the focus of a four-year project that began last April at Cigi (Canadian International Grains Institute). Gluten-free products have been on the radar for the pulse industry for some time, says Heather Maskus, project manager for pulse flour milling […] Read more

Canada blocking poultry, eggs from Minnesota

Reading Time: 2 minutes Discovery of H5N2 avian flu at a commercial turkey operation in central Minnesota has led Canada to curb cross-border imports of poultry and eggs from the state. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on Friday announced restrictions blocking any raw poultry or poultry products or byproducts that aren’t fully cooked. Such products — including eggs […] Read more


Love to eat eggs? U.S. panel now says they’re not a health risk

Reading Time: 2 minutes New York | Reuters — Egg and red meat lovers may find reason to rejoice in a decision by a U.S. advisory health panel to remove warnings about dietary cholesterol, saying that there is no link to dangerous levels of blood cholesterol that cause disease. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee until now had recommended that […] Read more

From the first egg to future hen operation

Farmers’ leadership skills are making a humanitarian difference, like Project Canaan in tiny Swaziland

Reading Time: 5 minutes Roger Pelissero gets choked up when he talks about his time in Swaziland as part of a humanitarian effort called Project Canaan. The words that come to him are the only ones he can think to say. “We take so much for granted,” he says. Pelissero sees eggs every day as an egg farmer from […] Read more


B.C. egg farm joins turkey, broiler farms on quarantine list

Reading Time: 2 minutes A 53,000-bird table egg layer operation in the greater Vancouver area is the 10th farm in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland to be confirmed with avian influenza since the beginning of the month. The farm, in the Langley municipality, was investigated Saturday under “suspicion” of avian flu and confirmed later that day to be infected with […] Read more

Break an egg

Alberta’s new EPIC plant finds extraordinary value in what used to be a very ordinary farm commodity

Reading Time: 5 minutes If you’re looking to break some eggs, set your GPS to the city of Lethbridge. Egg breaking is becoming southwest Alberta’s newest way to make money. There, in a refurbished dairy plant, you will find a new business called EPIC, which stands for Egg Processing Innovations Cooperative.  It’s owned by the United Egg Farmers of […] Read more