The FDA recently released its first new guidance materials since implementing the “Egg Rule” in 2009. The Egg Rule was aimed at reducing Salmonella in shell egg shells. The FDA said this week they are using guidance documents to help companies best comply with food safety rules.
In the past 3 years, the FDA has inspected many large and medium sized egg operations nationwide, with the exception being smaller egg producers. However, they will now too have to comply with the new rule.
In essence, the FDA intends to treat poultry houses and the surrounding areas as a “single biosecurity program.” With this holistic approach, it would mean that that a broad-reaching “Salmonella Prevention Plan” would have to be implemented at these facilities (which the egg rule lays out). Certain guidelines include treating food and water on the grounds and applying antibiotics to birds.
Concerns have risen in respect to smaller companies, however. Especially companies who follow a more traditional approach, meaning that they use open land. This open land can be more difficult to regulate, however. Some feel these types of producers will have a harder time complying with the Egg Rule.