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Panera Bread says it will move to cage-free eggs by 2020

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By JIM SALTER

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Panera Bread is the latest restaurant chain to announce plans to stop using eggs from cage-confined hens.

The suburban St. Louis-based chain said Thursday it will use 100 percent cage-free eggs in the U.S. by 2020.

McDonald's announced in September that it will go to cage-free eggs in the U.S. and Canada over the next decade. Subway and Starbucks have also said they will switch to cage-free eggs. Starbucks plans to go cage-free by 2020.

Panera CEO and founder Ron Shaich says the company has been working for more than a decade to reduce antibiotic use and confinement across its supply chain.

Sara Burnett, the company's director of wellness and food policy, calls the move to cage-free eggs part of a "solution to a broken food system."

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This story has been corrected to reflect that Starbucks has announced a timeline for cage-free eggs.

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