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FDA Egg Safety Rule Now in Full Effect

The FDA's Egg Safety Rule, a set of requirements designed to prevent Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) contamination at laying facilities, became fully fledged Monday when it went into effect for medium-sized egg operations after previously applying only to large egg producers. Since the FDA began requiring large-scale egg producers to test for Salmonella Enteritidis in July 2010, Sherry Laboratories has been helping companies in the poultry and egg industry comply with the FDA's “Egg Rule”, 21 CFR part 118. Now in full effect, the regulation requires egg producers having 50,000 or more laying hens as well as medium-sized egg producing operations with at least 3,000 laying hens to test for Salmonella Enteritidis. Our goal is to create a one-stop shop that meets the various testing needs for the poultry and egg industry.

Our ISO 17025:2005 accredited food laboratory conducts Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) testing on environmental swabs, litter, feed, fluff, chick papers, and eggs, as well as analytical testing of feed. Our testing service for SE is in accordance with standards set by the FDA and NPIP, using Neogen's Reveal rapid screening test method, and ABI Life Sciences Real-time PCR. Confirmation testing of presumptive positive SE samples is performed in-house. We also offer additional confirmation of serotype through the USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).

“Sherry Laboratories is dedicated to showing our commitment to enhancing quality and service to our customers. We have augmented our SE test program to include PCR for SE detection. The use of PCR allows for greater accuracy, specificity, and reduced turn times - all factors which are critical to our customers' ability to make informed decisions,” said Keith Klemm, Director of Food and Microbiology.

The Egg Safety Rule requires all egg producers who don't pasteurize in-shell egg products to test for Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria and to refrigerate eggs at 45 degrees F or less during storage and transportation, starting within 36 hours of when they are laid. Additionally, the Egg Safety Rule states that chicks and young hens may only be sourced from suppliers who monitor for SE. Egg Producers must implement biosecurity, rodent and pest control measures as part of preventative measures.

According to the rule, if Salmonella is found on eggs or in a laying facility, the eggs must be pasteurized or diverted for non-food use, and the facility must be sanitized.

In its Final Egg Safety Rule, FDA predicted that 'implementing the preventive measures would reduce the number of Salmonella Enteritidis infections from eggs by nearly 60 percent.'


Tags: Poultry, Salmonella, Swabs, PCR, FDA

Date Published: July 17, 2012

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