FDA releases definitive guidance for outdoor egg shell producers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released definitive guidance to inshell egg producers on how to comply with certain provisions of the final rule, entitled “Prevention of Enteritis in Inshell Eggs during Production, Storage, and Transportation.” Salmonella (Commonly referred to as the Egg Rule.) The latest guidance is the fourth FDA guidance to help the industry comply with the Egg Rule.
This guide provides guidance on how egg producers who allow laying hens outside the house can meet the requirements to prevent Salmonella Enteritidis contamination of shelled eggs on the farm. A significant difference from the draft guidance released in July 2013 is that the FDA has defined the porch as the area outside the poultry house, and not as part of the poultry house. The FDA has amended comments submitted to the draft guidelines.
The Food and Drug Administration believes that egg producers can provide laying hens with access to outside areas, including porches, paths and pastures, while still complying with egg regulations. To comply, egg producers must take steps to ensure that Salmonella Enteritidis is not introduced or transferred into or between poultry houses. Egg producers can take practical steps to control S. Enteritidis outside the home to ensure that S. Enteritidis does not enter the home. This guide describes the most common types of laying operations for laying hens that have access to outdoor areas and explains how egg producers can take preventive measures against Salmonella Enteritidis, such as monitoring outdoor areas for rodents and flies, to help prevent infestations. Salmonella Enteritidis in shelled eggs. .
The Egg Rule is designed to prevent Salmonella enteritidis from contaminating eggshells on farms and to prevent the growth of Salmonella enteritidis during storage and transport. Salmonella Enteritidis is the most common cause of foodborne disease outbreaks associated with inshell eggs. The Egg Rule requires all egg producers with 3,000 or more laying hens to take steps to prevent contamination with Salmonella Enteritidis.
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Post time: Sep-07-2022