Food Label Guide: Eggs

Egg labels are complicated. There is no one label that comprehensively addresses environmental issues, animal welfare issues, animal feed and worker welfare. But there are a couple that come close. Consumers can decide which factors are most important to them and then seek out the appropriate label.

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Our Top Picks

These labels are the most meaningful, with verifiable and more comprehensive standards.

Labels Lacking Clear Standards

The terms below lack clear standards, verification processes or independent oversight, allowing farm conditions to vary widely across producers.

  • “Free Range”
  • “Cage Free”
  • “Natural”
  • “Pasture-raised”
  • “Vegetarian Fed”
  • “Humane”/”Humanely-raised”

Other Labels to Look For

These labels are not as comprehensive as our top picks.