McDonald’s to switch to cage-free eggs over next decade

NEW YORK (AP) – McDonald’s says it will switch to cage-free eggs in the U.S. and Canada over the next decade.

It’s the latest push under CEO Steve Easterbrook to try to reinvent the Big Mac maker as a “modern, progressive burger company.”

Under pressure to revive slumping sales, McDonald’s has already announced a number of changes since Easterbrook stepped into his role earlier this year. In March, the Oak Brook, Illinois company said it would switch to chickens raised without most antibiotics. And in April, it said it would raise pay for workers at company-owned stores, which represent about 10 percent of its domestic locations.

The decision to switch to cage-free eggs, meanwhile, signals a growing sensitivity among customers to animal welfare issues. That has been fueled in part by places like Chipotle that have made animal welfare standards part of their marketing.

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