WASHINGTON – The UEP Certified program, launched more than 10 years ago by egg farmers to help insure the proper care of egg-laying hens nationwide, recently received high marks from the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).
FMI reviewed animal welfare guidelines employed by various commodity groups such as eggs, poultry, beef, pork and others. The UEP Certified program received one of the highest evaluations from FMI’s animal welfare advisory committee.
“United Egg Producers (UEP) has always prided itself with being a leader in agriculture,” said Chad Gregory, president of UEP. “That was true 10 years ago when we were one of the first farm groups to develop animal husbandry guidelines (UEP Certified) that are now followed by farmers who produce more than 90 percent of the eggs in the United States.”
Mark Oldenkamp, chairman of UEP’s Animal Welfare Committee, added “Ten years ago we established baselines for the care and treatment of the animals that are on our farms. But we continue to review and raise those standards every few years as science and experience shows us how to improve so the UEP Certified program is not just a static program. It continues to improve year-after-year.”