September 4, 2009
In the August 31, 2009, Federal Register, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced two Public Meetings on the final rule for prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in shell eggs during production, storage, and transportation (the final rule). The purpose of the public meetings is to explain the requirements of the final rule and how to comply with it, and to provide the public an opportunity to ask questions.
In order to maximize the opportunity for producers covered by the final rule to attend, the public meetings will be held in two locations. Dates and locations are:
- September 30, 2009, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601. September 21, 2009, is the closing date for advance registration and requests for special accommodations due to disability.
- November 5, 2009, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, 210 Peachtree Street, N.W., Atlanta, GA 30303. October 26, 2009, is the closing date for advance registration and requests for special accommodations due to disability.
Registration: Electronic registration is encouraged. Please go to "Workshops, Meetings & Conferences" and select the link to the Egg Safety; Final Rule for Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation Public Meetings. Registration may also be done by email, mail or fax. Please include your name, title, firm name, address, telephone and fax numbers in your registration information and send to:
Deborah Harris, EDJ Associates, Inc.,
11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 1001,
Rockville, MD 20852,
Background: In the Federal Register of July 9, 2009 (74 FR 33030), FDA published a final rule, “Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation,” that requires shell egg producers to implement measures to prevent Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) from contaminating eggs on the farm and from further growth during storage and transportation, and requires these producers to maintain records concerning their compliance with the final rule and to register with FDA. FDA took this action because SE is among the leading bacterial causes of foodborne illness in the United States, and shell eggs are a primary source of human SE infections. The final rule will reduce SE-associated illnesses and deaths by reducing the risk that shell eggs are contaminated with SE.