Avian Influenza: America’s Egg Farmers Share the Facts
April 22, 2015

  By Chad Gregory, President and CEO, United Egg Producers U.S. egg farmers continue to be concerned about the threat of avian influenza (AI) to their flocks and to the egg industry, especially the newly confirmed findings of AI on commercial egg farms. The strains of AI that have been found in the US are

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Egg Safety Starts at the Farm
December 29, 2014

Egg safety extends across the supply chain from the delivery truck, processing plant to the grocery store, but it starts on the farm. U.S. egg farmers know the care they provide their hens helps ensure the safety of the eggs you feed your family.

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FDA Issues Final Q&A Guidance Document for Egg Safety Rule
August 24, 2012

Egg producers have been working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over 10 years on ways to ensure consumers receive safe, high quality eggs. In an effort to prevent Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) in shell eggs and reduce the incidences of foodborne illness, FDA, with input from industry, allied companies, and academia, implemented

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One thing we all agree on
June 21, 2012

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stirred up the proverbial hornet’s nest in late May when he argued for banning the sale of sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces in restaurants in his city. Bloomberg’s announcement once again has Americans asking: What is the appropriate role for the government in food policy? How consumers view government

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FDA Inspections Ensures Compliance, Safe Eggs
February 24, 2012

 In July 2010, shell egg producers with 50,000 or more laying hens became subject to the Food and Drug Associations (FDA)Egg Safety Rule, which requires producers to implement measures to reduce the chance of Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) contaminating eggs on the farm. As part of the Rule, egg producers are required to undergo inspections conducted

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Breaking Down the Egg Safety Rule: Diversion of eggs from the table egg market
November 15, 2011

The main goal of the FDA Egg Safety Rule is to reduce the number of human Salmonella Enteritidis infections from eggs. The required preventative measures discussed in the last few blogs do just that—reduce and/or prevent the transmission of SE onto the farm and therefore significantly lowering the risk foodborne illness from contaminated eggs. The

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Breaking Down the Egg Safety Rule: Cleaning, Disinfection and Refrigeration
November 8, 2011

When developing the final rule to prevent contamination of shell eggs with Salmonella Enteritidis, FDA recognized that cleaning and disinfection of poultry houses as well as refrigeration of eggs were two ways to control growth of SE, if it is present, in the farm environment and the egg itself. While poultry houses are kept quite

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Breaking Down the Egg Safety Rule: Biosecurity and Pest Control Programs
October 14, 2011

In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a rule that set out several measures to be taken by egg producers to prevent the contamination of shell eggs with Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) during egg production. Two of the most important measures include biosecurity and pest control. Biosecurity is a set of practices put in

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Breaking Down the Egg Safety Rule: Introduction and Chick Procurement
September 20, 2011

In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed a rule that set out several measures to be taken by egg producers to prevent the contamination of shell eggs with Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) during egg production. These measures include Procurement of “SE Clean” chicks Implementation of biosecurity and pest control programs Environmental and egg testing

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Understanding Vaccinations in the Egg Industry
August 18, 2011

Vaccines used in the food animal industry not only to help fight animal disease but prevent human illness by lowering the risk that consumers come in contact with contaminated food. Vaccines are weakened or killed organisms, such as a bacteria or virus, that when ingested causes an antibody response to produce future protection against the

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