Egg Safety Programs

Commercial egg farmers in the U.S. meet or exceed all regulatory programs for food safety, including compliance with FDA’s Egg Safety Rule and relevant state food safety rules. Egg production in all states is closely regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and other authorities to ensure eggs are safe for consumers. Egg farmers work with federal and state officials, veterinarians and poultry scientists to develop proactive ways to monitor and control Salmonella on the farm. In addition, many egg farms participate in independent, third-party auditing programs that monitor and assure both egg safety and hen well-being. Egg farmers continue to work hard to prevent Salmonella within laying flocks and throughout egg processing.


HAACP Systems

HAACP addresses food safety with analysis and control of biological, chemical and physical hazards from production through distribution and consumption of the final food product. HAACP is designed for all segments of the food industry and Good Management Practices (GMPs) provide the essential foundation for successful HAACP plans.

Egg production has implemented the seven principles of HAACP, which have been applied in other successful food safety programs, such as the Safe Quality Food (SQF) program.

Safe Quality Food Program

Safe Quality Food is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links certification of primary production to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management. Food Marketing Institute (FMI) administers SQF, which allows retailers to continually share consumer concerns with SQF-certified suppliers.

SQF is the only program to integrate a quality component with food safety. The SQF Code was updated in July 2014 and is equipped for an ever-evolving market.

State Egg Quality Assurance Programs

In addition to national safety programs, many states have voluntary Egg Quality Assurance Programs (EQAPs). EQAPs are HAACP-based programs designed around egg production, management and monitoring practices implemented to decrease the risk of SE illness. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) found EQAPs play a major role in the reduction of SE illness in the U.S.


Farmers take many steps to ensure egg safety and quality. Learn more about food safety programs here.