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 the Egg Safety Rule in 2009.

This week FDA issued its Final Guidance for Industry; Questions and Answers Regarding the Final Rule, Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs during Production, Storage, and Transportation. The guidance document responds to questions FDA has received on the Egg Safety Rule since its publication. Guidance documents issued by FDA, including this one, describe the agency’s current thinking on a topic and should be viewed only as recommendations, unless specific regulatory or statutory requirements are cited.

For more detailed information on the final Q&A guidance document, please visit http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/GuidanceDocuments/UCM313781.pdf.