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.

Ohio hens eating 2 2Egg 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.

Keeping hens disease free is the first step in animal care programs. Egg farmers work with veterinarians and poultry specialists to make sure that all hens are healthy. Through programs like the National Poultry Improvement Plan egg farmers have been able to obtain disease-free chicks from hatcheries as well as perform routine vaccination and biosecurity protocols that help keep disease off the farm and out of the birds.

Antibiotics are not routinely used in egg production, but like any animal or person, hens may occasionally get sick and require medicine. 

Caring for hens means more than just keeping them free of disease. Egg farmers also provide their hens with nutritious feed, continual access to clean water, appropriate lighting, and management practices to minimize stress and allow proper space for each hen.

Egg farmers never feed growth hormones to egg-laying hens in the U.S. Laying hens are feed a high quality, nutritionally balanced diet made up of mostly corn, soybean meal, vitamins and minerals. The feed is carefully formulated with the proper nutrients to produce safe, quality eggs.