Everything You Need to Know About Egg Labels

If you've been wondering what all those terms printed on egg cartons mean, this should clear things up.

Willy Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor.

It used to be that supermarket eggs were uniformly white and sold in same Styrofoam containers. Consumer choice was incredibly limited. But following the arrival of brown shells and brown pulp cartons in the egg aisle came an avalanche of labels—free range, cage-free, vegetarian-fed, certified humane. Forget the simple grab-and-go egg shopping of yore—there’s now more to consider in this corner of the grocery store than most any other aisle.

Which animal welfare label should you shop for? And is free-range better than cage-free? We’ll leave those decisions up to you­—but with this infographic you can at least understand what all of that egg-y jargon actually means. 

A Guide to Understanding Egg Carton Labels

(Illustrated by Lauren Wade)

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