UEP “5-Star” Egg Safety Program
A diverse mix of regulations, guidelines and industry best practices – while complex – should fortify consumer confidence in the safety of eggs eaten in restaurants or purchased in grocery stores.
Most commercial U.S. egg farms voluntarily participate in the “5-Star” Total Quality Assurance Food Safety Program. “5-Star” was established in 1994 by the United Egg Producers (UEP) to reduce Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) in the laying hen population and was redesigned in 2009 to go above and beyond the Food and Drug Administration’s Egg Safety Rule. Egg farmers worked with federal and state officials, veterinarians and poultry scientists to develop the program and provide a proactive way to monitor and control SE on the farm. “5-Star” is a comprehensive, dependable food safety program from all stages on the farm and in processing, which provides consumer reassurance that eggs are safe.