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June 28, 2010
Federal regulations require most egg producers to take steps to prevent the spread of Salmonella enteritidis
On July 9, 2010, FDA new Final Rule titled “Prevention of Salmonella enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation” went into effect. The regulation requires preventive measures during the production of eggs in poultry houses and requires subsequent refrigeration during storage and transportation. The rule requires that measures designed to prevent Salmonella enteritidis be adopted by virtually all egg producers with 3,000 or more laying hens whose shell eggs are not processed with a treatment, such as pasteurization, to ensure their safety.
To comply with the new federal requirements, most egg producers must do the following:
More information is available at: FDA Egg Safety Final Rule
Producers with more than 50,000 laying hens need to comply with the rule by July 9, 2010, and those with more than 3,000 laying hens but fewer than 50,000 must comply by July 2012.
At the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (ISU VDL), we are making every effort to assist you in complying with the requirement for Salmonella enteritidis testing mandated by the Food and Drug Administration. The ISU VDL is a trusted diagnostic facility accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians and offers competitively priced testing.
We will provide submission kits that contain all necessary sample collection materials and return-address shipping containers. These kits can be customized to your needs. If you choose to create your own submission kits, we will provide you with the necessary contact information.
Dr. Timothy Frana