Defenders of Egg Safety
April 15, 2018

Nothing is more important to egg farmers and the egg industry than the safety of the eggs you feed your family. A number of regulations and safeguards are in place to ensure the safety of the U.S. egg supply.

The majority of today’s egg farms are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other authorities to ensure eggs are safe for consumers. The FDA’s Egg Safety Final Rule is estimated to prevent 79,000 cases of foodborne illness each year.

The United Egg Producers (UEP) is leading the egg industry in assuring that egg farmers provide consumers with a safe, quality product. Many egg farmers also participate in independent, third-party auditing programs that monitor and assure both egg safety and hen well-being through UEP programs or other voluntary programs.

One of these programs is UEP’s “5-Star Total Quality Assurance Food Safety Program,” which provides egg farmers with a comprehensive and dependable food safety program from the farm to the processing plant. Requirements under the “5-Star Egg Safety Program” include:

Chick procurement

Biosecurity

Cleaning and disinfection of poultry houses

Refrigeration

Environmental and egg testing

Traceability

Processing plant sanitation

In addition, eggs are regulated through  Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HAACP) systems, Safe Quality Foods and many State Egg Quality Assurance Programs.