Poultry producers throughout the U.S. may be affected by changes to a federal egg safety rule. Earlier this month, a rule change extended certain requirements for registration, inspection and sanitation plans to medium-sized producers.
Here's a summary:
Medium sized table egg producers are now subject to the federal egg safety rule. As of July 9, 2012 table egg producing flocks greater than 3,000 and less than 50,000 hens are covered by standards set forth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Egg Safety Rule standards include provisions for facility registration and a written Salmonella enteritidis prevention plan. FDA plans to inspect medium sized flocks for compliance with the rule beginning the last quarter of 2012.
For more information, check out the FDA "The Egg Rule At A Glance" at http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Food/FoodSafety/Product-SpecificInformation/EggSafety/EggSafetyActionPlan/UCM232271.pdf.