Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) is a fresh egg producer, established in 1969 and based in Jackson, Mississippi, in the United States. Its eggs are sold mostly in mid-Atlantic, midwestern, southeastern, and southwestern states.
Cal-Maine is a public company trading on the NASDAQ, headed by its founder, Fred R. Adams, Jr., whose family owns a controlling interest.
Cal-Maine has been widely criticized for its use of Battery cages which critics claim increase stress, aggression and the risk of injury to chickens as well as the risk of salmonella contamination to their eggs. In November 2010 the Humane Society of the United States released footage from an undercover investigation documenting animal abuse and food safety hazards at a Cal-Maine egg farm in Waelder, Texas. The investigation showed egglaying hens covered in blood and excrement. Many suffered broken legs and wings or became trapped in cage wires leading to their eventual death. In addition dead fowl were left in cages with the living, sometimes long enough for the birds to begin to decompose.
The investigation has led to a lawsuit by residents of Travis and Gonzales counties against Texas regulatory agencies seeking action against Cal-Maine.
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