FDA Egg Safety Rule
U.S. egg farmers follow FDA’s Final Rule on Egg Safety, which requires shell egg farmers to implement measures to prevent Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) from contaminating eggs on the farm. FDA’s Egg Rule went into effect in 2009 and requires complete compliance from egg farms with more than 3,000 birds or persons who store and/or transport eggs. The Egg Rule addresses on-farm practices proven to reduce the risk of SE entering the laying hen environment, including biosecurity, house cleaning and disinfection, fly and rodent control and SE testing. The Egg Rule requires eggs to be refrigerated on farm within 36 hours of lay.
While the Egg Rule is relatively new, egg producers have been regulated for decades under various statutes and by several federal, state and local agencies.