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McDonald's lays down a marker on eggs

Dozens of fast-food workers and their supporters protest

Dozens of fast-food workers and their supporters protest workplace conditions during a demonstration March 17, 2015, outside a McDonald's in Manhattan. Credit: AP

5 percent: That's how much of the egg production of the United States is used by McDonald's -- more than 2 billion eggs a year. That's what makes the announcement that the company is moving completely to eggs laid by uncaged chickens such a big deal. The switch could take 10 years to complete, and experts say, could move the industry in that direction. This shift, along with McDonald's changeover to antibiotic-free chicken, shows that both the safety and the kindness of our food supply are becoming a big deal, with consumers leading the charge.

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