CCF Brands' sustainability practices include using 100% recycled or reclaimed paper for it's pulp egg cartons, using 40% recycled materials in it's foam cartons and using only corrugated cases certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative in it's egg shell business. In February, the company joined Wastewise, which helps organizations and businesses reduce waste and practice sustainable materials management through the prevention and recycling of municipal solid waste (common household and business waste) and select industrial materials. CCF Brands is also planning to introduce a supplier development program that will encourage sustainability practices this year, in addition to planning to set greenhouse gas emission targets with a goal of reducing all emissions, including supply chain emissions.
CCF Brands is committed to providing you and your family with the highest quality eggs produced by hens receiving top-notch care. This commitment starts on the farm and extends across the supply chain – from delivery truck, to the processing plant, to the grocery store.
Our egg farmers share in the commitment of proper care and hen treatment. In fact, eggs manufactured and marketed by CCF Brands are produced in compliance with United Egg Producers (UEP) Animal Husbandry Guidelines. UEP certified egg farmers are dedicated to assuring consumers continue to buy affordable eggs that are produced in a safe and environmentally sound area. When you pick up an egg carton that carries the "United Egg Producers Certified" seal, you can rest assured those eggs were produced in compliance under leading animal husbandry guidelines.
The effort started in 1999 with the formation of an independent scientific advisory committee charged with reviewing all scientific literature on animal well-being for egg-laying hens, and to recommend further research if necessary. The committee composed of leading animal welfare scientific experts in the U.S. including USDA officials, academicians, scientists and humane association members, completed this mission and made recommendations to the United Egg Producers and the industry.
From these scientific recommendations, UEP wrote a set of industry guidelines titled "Animal Husbandry Guidelines for U.S. Egg Laying Flocks." Although these guidelines were first introduced as a voluntary program in 2002 for the industry to implement when requested by their customers, it has since evolved into a committed program called "United Egg Producers Certified."
The United Egg Producers Certified program standards are the strictest in the industry and are part of our ongoing commitment to providing American consumers the safest, best quality and most economical eggs in the world. Our farmers commit 100 percent of all flocks to these strict guidelines and are audited by USDA and Validus to ensure compliance. Program compliance allows our farms to place the United Egg Producers Certified seal of approval on their egg packaging.
The UEP Certified program for cage production provides assurance that hens receive adequate space, nutritious food, clean water, proper lighting, and fresh air daily, as well as improving the flock's livability and egg production rates.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission have approved the UEP Certified logo and the International Egg Commission has recognized the program as a model from which to create animal welfare programs in other member countries throughout the world. In addition, the Food Marketing Institute and the National Council of Chain Restaurants has also endorsed these guidelines.
To learn more about the UEP Certified program, including animal-welfare topics such as housing space, feed, water, beak trimming, molting, handling & transportation, animal euthanasia, a bio-security, please visit the United Egg Producers Certified program website at uepcertified.com.