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Burger King Pledges Cage-Free Pork, Eggs

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Burger King Pledges Cage-Free Pork, Eggs

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Burger King Pledges Cage-Free Pork, Eggs

Burger King Pledges Cage-Free Pork, Eggs

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The fast-food chain announced that by 2017, all of its eggs and pork will come from animals not penned in cages and crates. Burger King is the first major U.S. fast-food chain to put a firm deadline on such a promise. The move is seen as part of an industry-wide shift to consider animal concerns.

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NPR's business news starts with a cage-free promise.

Burger King announced yesterday, that by 2017, all of its eggs and pork will come from animals not penned-up in cages and crates. Burger King is the first major U.S. fast food chain to put a firm deadline on such a promise. The move is seen as part of an industry-wide shift to consider animal concerns.

One food industry analyst says it proves quote, "that consumers are willing to pay a little bit more for fairness."

The U.S. still lags behind the European Union's stricter legal standards. McDonalds, in the EU, already gets 100 percent of its eggs from free-range chickens.

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