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Humane Society Blasts Ben & Jerry’s

posted on August 25, 2006

Ice cream producer Ben and Jerry's is receiving criticism from the Human Society of the United States for buying eggs from a company the animal welfare group believes mistreats chickens.

Humane Society spokesman Paul Shapiro says hens at Michael Foods are kept in cages so small that the birds can't spread their wings.

Although Ben and Jerry's promised several times last year to stop using eggs from caged birds, the Humane Society was notified that the company will continue to buy up to 30 million eggs a year from Michael Foods.

Ben and Jerry's web site says the company is committed to, "incorporating wholesome, natural ingredients and promoting business practices that respect the Earth and the environment."

Ben and Jerry's officials say they are reviewing their egg-buying options and Michael Foods says it plans to switch to larger cages for their hens.

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