Good news, fast food fans. Soon you’ll be able to eat your Egg McMuffin without guilt (well, at least without feeling guilty for consuming food made with questionable animal welfare practices).McDonald’s has announced plans to officially go 100 percent cage-free in the United States and Canada over the next 10 years.
“Our customers are increasingly interested in knowing more about their food and where it comes from," said McDonald's USA president Mike Andres in a statement. "Our decision to source only cage-free eggs reinforces the focus we place on food quality and our menu to meet and exceed our customers' expectations."
According to the press release, McDonald’s purchases 2 billion eggs annually in the United States alone, and since 2013, 13 million of those eggs have been from free-range chickens. Over the next decade, McDonald’s will begin working with small farms and ranches, like Herbruck's Poultry Ranch, that utilize free-range chickens.
The Daily Meal has contacted McDonald’s to ask about the surprisingly long time the chain will take to transition to using cage-free eggs. Chains like Dunkin’ Donuts and Chipotle already claim to be cage-free.