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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 drying equipment sanitation.

item Jones, Deana
item HENDRICKS, JEFFERY - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS, USDA)
item BARAJAS, VICTOR - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS, USDA)
item KARCHER, DARRIN - Purdue University

Submitted to: Extension Publications
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/21/2020
Publication Date: 4/27/2020
Citation: Jones, D.R., Hendricks, J., Barajas, V., Karcher, D. 2020. Understanding egg drying equipment sanitation.. Extension Publications.

Interpretive Summary: All eggs processed under USDA Agricultural Marketing Service must be reasonably dry before packaging. This is usually accomplished with egg drying equipment. The egg drying equipment within the egg processing facility must be clean each day prior to processing. As of January 2020, all portions of the egg drying equipment that generate, disperse, or divert the air to the eggs, as well as the rollers, are critical. This would include filters and screens associated with the blower unit. USDA Agricultural Marketing Service inspectors should inspect egg drying equipment, including blower units and filters daily.

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 egg drying 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.