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Research Project: Evaluation of Management of Laying Hens and Housing Systems to Control Salmonella and Other Pathogenic Infections, Egg Contamination, and Product Quality

Location: ESQRU

Title: Understanding egg farm belt sanitation.

item Jones, Deana
item HENDRICKS, JEFFREY - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS, USDA)
item BARAJAS, VICTOR - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS, USDA)
item HEITSCHMIDT, JERRY - US Department Of Agriculture (USDA)
item KARCHER, DARRIN - Purdue University

Submitted to: Extension Publications
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/6/2020
Publication Date: 3/15/2020
Citation: Jones, D.R., Hendricks, J., Barajas, V., Heitschmidt, J., Karcher, D.M. 2020. Understanding egg farm belt sanitation. Extension Publications.

Interpretive Summary: The farm belt is the portion of the processing line that conveys eggs from the production houses to the processing facility. In some facilities there may be additional conveyor systems that accomplish getting the eggs to the accumulator. These systems will be reviewed for sanitation in conjunction with the farm belt and will have similar non-critical areas. As of January 2020, all portions of the farm belt within the processing facility are included in pre-operational sanitation inspection.

Technical Abstract: This training module is part of a suite focused on shell egg processing facility sanitation and pre-operational expectations. The current module focuses on the farm belt within an egg processing facility. Experts have collaborated to develop and present the material for a wide audience with the intent of meeting a training need for both regulatory and egg industry personnel.