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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: Egg and Poultry Production Safety Research Unit

Title: Understanding egg washer 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: Other
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 washer sanitation. Extension Publications.

Interpretive Summary: The washer is the portion of the processing line that conducts the physical act of cleaning of the eggs. Facility designs are unique and present many options of egg washer design and orientation. The washing systems will be reviewed for sanitation before the processing line starts each day. As of January 2020, all portions of the washer that directly contact or indirectly contact (via the wash water) the egg are considered critical during 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 washer system 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.