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Research Project: Reducing Pathogen Contamination Risks and Improving Quality Attributes of Eggs and Egg Products through Housing System Management and Egg Handling Practices

Location: ESQRU

Title: Understanding egg processing employee welfare areas and general facility sanitation

item Jones, Deana
item HENDRICKS, JEFFREY - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS, USDA)
item WARNOCK, JED - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS, USDA)
item KARCHER, DARRIN - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS, USDA)

Submitted to: Extension Publications
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 1/3/2022
Publication Date: 1/27/2022
Citation: Jones, D.R., Hendricks, J., Warnock, J., Karcher, D. 2022. Understanding egg processing employee welfare areas and general facility sanitation. Extension Publications.

Interpretive Summary: In this module, assessment of the employee welfare areas, exterior premises and associated equipment will be discussed. On the USDA sanitation report, these areas are non-critical. However, egregious conditions that may impact product quality or wholesomeness can be assessed as critical at USDA’s discretion. Unsatisfactory non-critical findings on the exterior of the facility have the potential to attract or harbor rodents and pests. It is important to maintain these areas in order to prevent further issues inside the processing facility. Reoccurring unsatisfactory, non-critical findings may also be elevated to critical.

Technical Abstract: There are many building configurations for egg processing facilities. It is important to familiarize yourself with each building and premises you visit to ensure the exterior perimeters are effectively evaluated before processing begins each day.