US FDA Guidance to Prevent Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs
On August 20, 2012, the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) issued their final guidance on the production, storage and transportation of shell eggs.
The guidance explains why the regulation was developed, who must comply with it, what SE preventative measures must be performed, the environmental testing requirements, the egg testing requirements, sampling methodology, testing methodology, registration requirements, enforcement and compliance.
For example, under preventative measures all shell eggs are to be held and transported under 45 °F ambient temperature beginning 36 hours after the time the egg was laid. There are cleaning and disinfectant requirements, biosecurity program requirements, record keeping requirements and administration of the egg safety program requirements.
Under this guidance (http://www.fda.gov/
Eggs are to be tested in accordance to the methodology as described in Chapter 5 of the US FDA Bacteriological Analytical Manual (BAM) or equivalent method. SGS has the capabilities to test for Salmonella in their laboratories throughout the globe.
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