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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: Egg and Poultry Production Safety Research Unit

Title: El Saneamiento de Huevos: Lavadora

item Jones, Deana
item Garcia, Javier
item HENDRICKS, JEFFREY - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS, USDA)
item BARAJAS, VICTOR - Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS, USDA)
item Heitschmidt, Gerald - Jerry
item KARCHER, DARRIN - Purdue University

Submitted to: Extension Reports
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/19/2022
Publication Date: 8/23/2022
Citation: Jones, D.R., Garcia, J.S., Hendricks, J., Barajas, V., Heitschmidt, G.W., Karcher, D.M. 2022. El Saneamiento de Huevos: Lavadora. Extension Reports. Available:

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.