Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Egg Quality Assurance Plan Training Held

State egg producers, graders, inspectors and other officials from the FDA, Health Department, USDA/APHIS/VS, Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, an outside Veterinary Poultry Consultant and Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) came together October 17 for the Annual Utah Egg Quality Assurance Plan Training, held at the UDAF office.

“This training is required by our plan and is an important part of our efforts to ensure our poultry in the State remain disease free and  provides assurance that consumers are getting safe, wholesome, quality eggs, egg products, and poultry,” said Dr. Robert Erickson, field veterinarian for the UDAF Division of Animal Industries. “This and other trainings ease our job of enforcing uniformity and compliance to match industry standards.”

Utah’s egg industry consists of 3.6 million egg-laying chickens that produce one billion eggs annually. That represents nearly $150 million in revenue and nine percent of Utah’s agricultural industry.

Topics covered in the training included poultry rodent control, disease and foodborne outbreak prevention, biosecurity, food safety, assessment guidelines and updates to those guidelines. 

In May, UDAF’s Egg and Poultry Grading team received Governor Herbert’s Award of Excellence at a special ceremony at the Capitol. The recognition was given for consistently demonstrating outstanding contributions to consumers of Utah, seven days a week and including holidays.