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Are organic, free range, pasture-raised or other types of specialty eggs safer than conventionally raised eggs?

Many safeguards are in place on commercial egg farms, through processing and transport, and in the store. Shell eggs produced in the U.S. are subject to oversight from both Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and several states have additional programs. Provided these safeguards are followed, safe and wholesome eggs can be produced in a variety of housing environments. In comprehensive university research by the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply, there were no differences in egg safety and quality between the three different hen housing environments that were studied.

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