Egg Buyer's Guide

Shopping tips and information for buying fresh eggs

What do all those claims that are crowded onto egg cartons these days—really mean? And how do you know how to buy good eggs? Here’s help:

"Cage free" and "Free range"

Living conditions of 'cage free' and 'free range' hens usually are considerably better than those of hens confined to the tiny battery cages (where each bird gets a space smaller than a sheet of notebook paper) traditionally used by egg producers, says Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society of the United States. But these terms are not regulated, so they don't guarantee humane treatment.

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