On July 9, 2012, a new federal rule regulating medium-sized egg producers went into effect. The rule was formulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an effort to reduce the risk of Salmonella Enteritidis in shell eggs. As a result, egg operations with between 3,000 and 50,000 laying hens must now comply with FDA monitoring, cleaning, testing, and recordkeeping guidelines. Large-sized egg producers with more than 50,000 laying hens have been required to comply with the FDA rule since 2010.
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Written by M. Sean High, Research Assistant
Penn State Law, Agricultural Law Center