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Egg Quality Assurance Program
(Continued town Pago A 1)
Based on experiences with the
USDA SB Pilot Project, review of
SB research results, and consumer
and public health expectations for
a safe food supply, a committee of
poultry farmers, poultry industry
representatives, university faculty,
and government officials deve
loped the PEQAP.
The PEQAP is a voluntary
industry program intended to
minimize SE contamination of
chicken eggs. Although the prog
ram cannot guarantee shell eggs to
be free of SE contamination, the
program does assure commitment
of the producer to implement those
management practices most likely
to prevent SE contamination.
Thus, PEQAP participants arc
assuring the public that they are
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taking every reasonable precaution
to assure die safely of shell eggs.
The program calls for
1. Producers to purchase chicks
from only U.S. Sanitation Moni
tored SE-negative breeder flocks.
2. Sample chick dropping
3. Environmentally sample and
culture samples from pullet house
between 10 and IS weeks.
4. Pullets not monitored for SE
during the growing period or were
SE positive will have the the laying
house environmentally sampled 7
to 14 days after placement
5. Laying houses will be envir
onmentally sampled when birds
are29to3l weeks of age and again
when they are 44 to 46 weeks of
6. Pullet or laying houses with
positive samples for SE must be
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thoroughly cleaned and disin
fected between flocks.
7. Houses with negative envir
onmental samples will not be
required to test eggs.
8. Houses with positive environ
mental samples will be required to
test 480 'eggs every 2 weeks to 4
test periods. If all the eggs test
negative for the 4 test periods, then
480 eggs must be tested each
month for the life of the flock.
9. If any egg test is positive, then
all eggs must be diverted for
pasteurization or hard cooking.
10. To resume sale of eggs as
table eggs. 1.000 eggs must be
tested every 2 weeks to 4 test per
iods and test negative. Then 480
eggs must be sampled each month
for the life of the flock.
11. Molted flocks will need to
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be environmentally umpled 5 to 7
weeks after return to full feed.
12. An acceptable rodent con
trol and monitoring program must
be maintained at all times.
13. All participants must main
tain an acceptable biosecurity
14. Eggs must be kept under
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