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UEP Certified

Care and well-being of hens is a top priority for egg farmers.

Hen Housing

Hens receive high-quality care in a variety of housing environments

Egg Safety

Egg farms participate in many programs to ensure egg safety


Egg farmers work hard to be responsible stewards of land, water and natural resources

Questions about egg safety?

Wonder the best way to select, handle, store and prepare eggs to ensure they are safe? Egg Safety Center provides answers.

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Learn about egg farms

Have questions about hen care, egg production, UEP Certified standards, or carbon footprint of eggs? Check our Frequently Asked Questions.

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UEP Certified Eggs Show Farm Commitment to Hen Care

Egg farmers are committed to providing the best care possible for their hens. To demonstrate this commitment to hen well-being, United Egg Producers (UEP) developed guidelines for optimal hen care backed by decades of research.

The majority of American egg farmers voluntarily participate in UEP Certified, choosing to open their farms to independent auditors. Eggs from farms that participate in the UEP Certified program feature the UEP Certified seal on the egg carton.

About Us

United Egg Producers (UEP) is a cooperative of U.S. egg farmers working collaboratively to address legislative, regulatory and advocacy issues impacting the industry through active farmer-member leadership, a unified voice and partnership across the agriculture community. UEP’s farmer-members work to provide for the health and well-being of their birds; to produce safe, nutritious, high-quality eggs; and to manage their farms responsibly with best on-farm management practices. Leadership of and participation in the UEP Certified program by the vast majority of egg producers further demonstrates a broad commitment to the care of egg-laying hens. UEP also manages the national Egg Safety Center, a leading resource for consumer and industry information on the safe production of eggs and prevention of disease. Formed in 1968, UEP members represent more than 90 percent of US egg production.

Advisory Committee

More than 10 years ago, UEP convened an independent, unpaid Scientific Advisory Committee to evaluate egg-laying hen well-being standards, review existing research, conduct new research and recommend changes for egg farms. The first recommendations from this advisory committee became the foundation for UEP Certified. The advisory committee continues today, for ongoing review of new research and modern egg farm standards.

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United Egg Producers Statement on Eliminating Male Chick Culling

United Egg Producers Atlanta, Georgia, June 10, 2016: The below statement can be attributed in its entirety to Chad Gregory, President and CEO, United Egg Producers: “As representatives of more than 95 percent of egg production in the United States, United Egg Producers (UEP) and our farmer-members have an obligation to study and adopt practices […]

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Egg Farms Make Progress Toward Recovery And Repopulation After Avian Influenza

Recovery is underway for the U.S. egg farming community after the devastating outbreak of avian influenza (AI) this spring. While repopulation of flocks on affected Midwestern egg farms continues, egg farmers across the nation are also increasing biosecurity measures and preparing for the possible return of the virus during the fall migratory season. “Egg farmers […]

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Egg Farmers Grateful for Support During Avian Influenza Crisis

As a farmer cooperative, United Egg Producers (UEP) is the voice of egg farmers who independently produce more than 90 percent of all eggs in the U.S. Today, we use that voice to say thank you to the thousands of people who have supported egg farmers during the worst crisis in our history. The past […]

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UEP Certified Resources

The UEP Certified program established and provides updates to a set of guidelines that allows egg farmers to provide the best care possible for their hens. To see these guidelines click here to download.

UEP Certified Brochure

To learn more about egg production, hen well-being and the UEP Certified guidelines click here to download the UEP Brochure.