Center for Disease Control (CDC) 

is one of the major components of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal found state EQAPs helped reduce Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) incidents within that state.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 

is an agency within the  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which oversees medical products and tobacco, foods, global regulatory operations and policy and operations.

FDA Egg Safety Rule 

requires preventive measures on farms during egg production, as well as refrigeration during storage and transportation. Playing it Safe with Eggs states fresh eggs must be handled carefully to avoid the possibility of foodborne illness.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 

is the government agency that oversees programs in farm and foreign agricultural services; food nutrition and consumer services; food safety; marketing and regulatory programs; natural resources and environment; research, education and economics and rural development.

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 

– The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is a multi-faceted Agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) 

is the public health agency in USDA responsible for ensuring the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.

  • Ask Karen
    Ask Karen provides information for consumers about preventing foodborne illness, safe food handling and storage, and safe preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products.
USDA Food Safety and Avian Influenza 

– USDA provides information on avian influenza, food safety and the public health.

National Poultry Improvement Plan 

– The National Poultry Improvement Plan provides a cooperative industry, state, and federal program using diagnostic technology to improve poultry and poultry products. 

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service 

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers programs that create domestic and international marketing opportunities for U.S. producers of food, fiber, and specialty crops.


Egg Industry Center 

The Egg Industry Center is focused on providing value to the U.S. Egg Industry through information dissemination and collaborative research efforts.

Egg Nutrition Center 

Egg Nutrition Center (ENC) is dedicated to providing balanced, accurate information on the complex issues surrounding eggs, nutrition, and health. ENC monitors scientific findings and regulatory developments, and serves as a resource for health practitioners in need of current nutrition information to share with their patients.

See how egg farmers assure hen health and disease prevention 

Biosecurity reflects a variety of measures and best practices relied on by U.S. egg farmers to assure hens are healthy and to prevent disease from entering egg farms. Egg farmers have put an array of biosecurity protocols in place on their farms; from limiting visitors and setting up perimeter zones to monitoring flock health and sanitizing vehicles and equipment.

While the biosecurity process is complex, egg farmers’ dedication to disease prevention is rigorous. To help customers and the public understand the stringent biosecurity standards implemented on U.S. egg farms, United Egg Producers has prepared a new animated video about the processes and protocols being used.

Click below to watch and learn more.