U.S. Egg Farmers Apply Biosecurity Measures to Protect Hens, Provide Safe Eggs
12/06/2016

U.S. egg farmers are committed to providing consumers the safest and highest-quality eggs, and it is a top priority for farms to implement biosecurity and health protocols to help protect their hens from disease. Egg farmers work closely with animal health experts and veterinarians to monitor their flocks and keep them as healthy as possible.

While every egg farm is different, a number of rigorous biosecurity measures are being used on farms to prevent disease. Examples are shown in these photos.

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Many egg farms house their hens indoors to prevent exposure to wild birds, waterfowl, pests and rodents that may spread disease. For the same reason, farms also limit movement of personnel, vehicles or equipment between farm operations.
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Egg farms only allow essential employees and service providers onto the farm, to limit the opportunity for disease to be accidentally carried onto the farm by vehicles or on visitors’ clothing or footwear.
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Upon entry on the farm or into a barn, approved vehicles, footwear and equipment are disinfected using one of several methods.
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Anyone who enters a hen house is required to wear protective gear.

To learn more about the biosecurity steps that egg farmers take for the safety of their flocks and eggs, watch this video from the Ohio Poultry Association.

UEP CertifiedThe majority of eggs in the U.S. are produced under UEP Certified standards. The UEP Certified seal on egg cartons shows the egg farm has voluntarily committed to follow guidelines for the well-being of egg-laying hens, and a third-party auditor certified that the standards were indeed met. To comply with UEP Certifed standards, egg farms must have in place a biosecurity and animal health plan. All hen caretakers are trained in biosecurity and hen care practices, and all employees sign a code of conduct that they will follow the farm’s standards.

Visit Egg Safety Center’s “On the Farm” page to learn more about the steps egg farms take to prevent disease in their flocks. Follow Egg Safety Center on Twitter, like it on Facebook or email questions to info@eggsafety.org.

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