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Happy Group Eggs Not Pasture-Raised, Says California Class Action

The Happy Group, Inc. (THG) sells eggs. At issue in this class action is whether the eggs are, as advertised, “pasture raised.” The complaint alleges that the claim is false and brings suit for violation of California Consumer Legal Remedies Act, among other things.

The California Class for this action is all persons who bought any of the eggs in California during the applicable statute of limitations period. A California Consumer Subclass has also been defined, for those who bought the eggs for personal, family, or household purposes.

The complaint alleges: “It is well known that the nutritional content of pasture raised eggs is superior to that of other eggs.”

The complaint cites four of the advertising claims made on the THG eggs cartons: “Free Range on Pasture,” “Heritage Free Range on Pasture,” “Organic Free Range on Pasture,” and “Organic Free Range Pasture Raised on Over 8 Acres.” But the complaint alleges specific conditions must be met before eggs can be advertised as “pasture raised.”

Most hens are raised in cages, never going outdoors. Animal welfare standards were instituted for better standards of care the complaint says. It cites three standards for keeping hens that are better than the normal caged situation:

Cage free: The hens are not kept in cages. However, they do not spend time outside and may have only one square foot of space each. Their feed is mostly corn and soy.

Free range: Conditions are similar to cage-free hens, but free-range hens may have up to two square feet of barn space and 21.8 square feet of open space. This standard requires some access to the outdoors, but in reality, the complaint claims, they are crowded into a barn with only small “popholes” for access to an enclosed field or a caged porch. They also eat mostly corn and soy.

Pasture raised: The hens go outside, get sunlight and fresh air, and forage in fields. ach hen must have at least 108 square feet of open field for roaming. The open spaces must be primarily living vegetation, so that they can scratch for seeds and forage for insects. Also, the hens must have access to the outdoors throughout the year.

As a result of these superior conditions, the complaint alleges, pasture raised hens produce superior eggs.

The complaint alleges that “THG houses between 16,000-20,000 hens per farm, which is equivalent to just 21.8 square feet of outdoor space per hen (assuming 16,000 hens on an 8-acre farm).” The complaint further claims, “THG has also previously acknowledged that it maintains 0.5 acres per 1,000 hens. Under the pasture raised standard, 2.5 acres of outdoor space is required for 1,000 hens.”

According to the complaint, THG also does not provide access to live vegetation or year-round access to the outdoors.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Happy Group Eggs Not Pasture-Raised, Says California Complaint

October 15, 2021

The Happy Group, Inc. (THG) sells eggs. At issue in this class action is whether the eggs are, as advertised, “pasture raised.” The complaint alleges that the claim is false and brings suit for violation of California Consumer Legal Remedies Act, among other things.

Happy Group Eggs Not Pasture-Raised, Says California Complaint

Case Event History

Happy Group Eggs Not Pasture-Raised, Says California Complaint

October 15, 2021

The Happy Group, Inc. (THG) sells eggs. At issue in this class action is whether the eggs are, as advertised, “pasture raised.” The complaint alleges that the claim is false and brings suit for violation of California Consumer Legal Remedies Act, among other things.

Happy Group Eggs Not Pasture-Raised, Says California Complaint
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Eggs or Poultry Not "Pasture Raised"