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FDA Issues Final Guidance on Production, Storage and Transportation of Shell Eggs

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Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition - Food and Drug Administration

August 20, 2012

The U.S Food and Drug Administration today announced the availability of a final Guidance for Industry on the production, storage and transportation of shell eggs under the Egg Safety Rule. The guidance is in response to questions the FDA received about the Egg Safety Rule, which published in July 2009 and is designed to prevent Salmonella Enteritidis (SE)  in shell eggs.

The guidance document addresses questions regarding the requirements under the rule, including how to determine whether and when producers must comply with the requirements, SE prevention measures, sampling and testing requirements, facility registration, and enforcement and compliance.

The agency also intends to publish draft guidance for producers who provide their laying hens with outdoor access. 

The guidance document and information on the Egg Safety Rule and Inspections: