WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it has issued guidance to help small egg producers comply with 2009 federal egg safety regulations.
The new rules are designed to prevent Salmonella Enteritidis from infecting shell eggs during production, transportation and storage.
The new egg safety rules require egg producers to have preventive measures in place during the production of shell eggs in poultry houses and require subsequent refrigeration during storage and transportation to prevent Salmonella Enteritidis. The FDA said the regulation is expected to prevent thousands of cases of foodborne illness and the approximately 30 deaths caused by consumption of eggs contaminated with the bacterium that occur each year.
“The regulation affects all egg producers with 3,000 or more laying hens who do not sell all of their shell eggs directly to consumers,” the FDA said in a statement. “Producers with fewer than 3,000 laying hens are exempt from the requirements.
“Producers with 50,000 or more laying hens must be in compliance with the regulation by July 2010. Producers with at least 3,000, but fewer than 50,000 laying hens, must comply by July 2012.”
The new regulations are available at http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/GuidanceDocuments/SmallBusinessesSmallEntityComplianceGuides/ucm207507.htm
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