Morningstar Farms Responds to Demand for Egg-Free Foods

Company commits to using one million fewer eggs in 2008

Dec 12, 2007, 00:00 ET from Compassion Over Killing

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Morningstar Farms, a
 Kellogg subsidiary that has been making vegetarian products for more than
 25 years, has stated it will use one million fewer eggs in 2008 while also
 offering more egg-free products.
     According to company spokeswoman Kathleen Eckler, in 2008 "Kellogg is
 reducing the amount of eggs we use in our Morningstar products by a minimum
 of one million eggs. We're committed to announcing even more new vegan
 products for our customers."
     After months of discussion on the topic with the Michigan-based
 company, Compassion Over Killing (COK) and Vegan Outreach, two nonprofit
 animal protection organizations, wholeheartedly applaud Morningstar Farms
 for implementing this policy. By reducing Kellogg's egg usage by more than
 a million eggs per year, nearly 4,000 fewer laying hens will suffer in
 factory farms each year.
     "A growing number of consumers are choosing egg-free foods as a way to
 protect their health and protect animals," says COK's executive director
 Erica Meier. "We applaud Morningstar Farms for committing to offer more
 vegan items, and we encourage other companies to follow its compassionate
     More than 95% of eggs produced in the U.S. come from hens confined
 inside barren wire battery cages so restrictive, the birds can barely even
 move, let alone engage in many of their most natural behaviors including
 spreading their wings, perching, or walking. Battery-caged hens are
 typically provided with a meager 67 square inches of space in which to live
 -- that's less floor space than the size of one sheet of notebook paper.
     Jack Norris, RD, president of Vegan Outreach, commented, "Consumers
 asked Morningstar Farms to remove eggs from its products, and the company
 heeded their call. Vegan Outreach is pleased to congratulate Kellogg on
 this important humane move."
     Morningstar Farms has long been a leader in supplying vegetarian
 products sold in grocery stores nationwide. Its decision to use fewer eggs
 and create more vegan products further demonstrates the company's
 leadership in offering healthier and more humane food choices in the
     Compassion Over Killing (COK) is a nonprofit animal advocacy
 organization based in Washington, D.C. Since 1995, COK has worked to end
 the abuse of animals in agriculture through undercover investigations,
 public outreach, litigation, and other advocacy programs. On the web at
     Vegan Outreach is a national nonprofit advocacy group. Since 1993,
 Vegan Outreach has been on the cutting-edge of grassroots advocacy against
 cruelty to animals. Distribution of Vegan Outreach literature exposes these
 animals' suffering -- otherwise hidden in factory farms and industrial
 slaughterhouses -- while promoting more compassionate, humane choices. On
 the web at

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