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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Microbiological and Product Quality Consequences of Housing Laying Hens in Production Systems

Location: Egg Safety and Quality

Title: Microbiological Sampling Procedures for Eggs

Author
item Musgrove, Michael

Submitted to: National Egg Products School Proceedings
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: October 8, 2011
Publication Date: October 14, 2011
Citation: Musgrove, M.T. 2011. Microbiological Sampling Procedures for Eggs. National Egg Products School Proceedings. p. 1-4.

Interpretive Summary: Detection and enumeration of microorganisms are an important part of providing to consumers, safe foods of high quality. Determining the presence and/or numbers of certain bacteria and fungi may be directly or indirectly related to facility sanitation, hygiene of handling and processing, quality and shelf-life, or potential human health risks. Means of collection, transportation of sampling, numbers of samples, surfaces or foods that should be sampled, storing prior to analysis, and preparation of samples for analysis are important considerations. This information is needed by quality control managers, their employees, and their supervisors. If media is selected properly and correct cultural conditions are observed then important information will be obtained that producers can use to better meet consumer preferences and regulatory guidelines.

Technical Abstract: Detection and enumeration of microorganisms are an important part of providing to consumers, safe foods of high quality. Determining the presence and/or numbers of certain bacteria and fungi may be directly or indirectly related to facility sanitation, hygiene of handling and processing, quality and shelf-life, or potential human health risks. Means of collection, transportation of sampling, numbers of samples, surfaces or foods that should be sampled, storing prior to analysis, and preparation of samples for analysis are important considerations. This information is needed by quality control managers, their employees, and their supervisors. If media is selected properly and correct cultural conditions are observed then important information will be obtained that producers can use to better meet consumer preferences and regulatory guidelines.

Last Modified: 12/19/2014