Netherlands groceries agree to carry only free-range eggs

June 6, 2003, Beginning in 2004, all Dutch grocery stores will instate a self-imposed ban on the selling of battery eggs, eggs from hens that live in battery cages. The grocers will only sell free range eggs or eggs from poultry farms that raise hens in open barns, according to animal rights group Wakker Dier.

The agreement by Dutch retailers Schuitema and Laurus to stop selling battery eggs in their stores makes the ban officially nation-wide. Other supermarkets, such as Albert Heijn, Aldi, Dirk ven den Broek and Lidl had already agreed to the ban, reported the Dutch News Digest.