Submitted to: International Association for Food Protection Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/10/2006
Publication Date: 8/14/2006
Citation: Musgrove, M.T., Curtis, P., Ramirez, G., Latimer, H., Thesmar, H., Jones, D.R., Gast, R.K. 2006. A new crack at egg safety: from the hen house to your house (abstract).International Association for Food Protection Annual Meeting. p.67.
Technical Abstract: In many ways, the egg industry is the bald headed step child of US agriculture. Though eggs and egg products are an important part of most American diets, per capita consumption for 2003 was 254.1; many people are unfamiliar with the egg industry or its current regulation status. As a research subject, eggs seem to go in and out of scientific awareness. Since passage of the Egg Products Inspection Act in 1971, most of the regulations for the egg industry have been focused on providing high quality eggs to consumers and in the process egg safety was improved. Currently, safety-based egg regulations are being drafted for the US egg industry. In September of 2004, FDA released a proposed rule for on-farm egg production. In 2006, FSIS is expected to publish a proposed rule for egg processing. As eggs move to the regulatory fore-front, consumers, industry, and researchers will be more concerned with the safety of eggs and egg processing as well as issues of sanitation in egg processing plants. In this symposium, FDA will provide highlights of the proposed rule and FSIS will discuss their risk analysis of egg-borne salmonellosis and aspects of their upcoming proposed rule. This symposium will provide an overview of the egg industry, a description of modern egg processing and how it affects microbial populations, information on egg plant sanitation, and efforts to minimize contamination of important pathogens such as Salmonella Enteritidis.