March 20, 2020
During these uncertain times, we want you to know we’re here for you. We care about our consumers, and we are committed to assuring an available supply of safe, nutritious eggs.
It’s important for you to know that food workers are considered essential employees and are permitted to work, even under shelter-in-place orders. However, we also want you to know that we take the well-being and safety of our employees seriously.
Because farms are biosecure locations, our practices already include comprehensive cleaning and disinfection, frequent hand sanitizing and hand washing. Many roles on our farm require masks and other protective gear, and visitors to our farms are limited. Keeping our employees and their loved ones healthy during this time matters, and we’ve put additional measures in place so that those who come to work are doing so in a clean, safe environment.
Caring for our hens remains a priority, assuring they have a ready supply of nutritious feed and fresh water, as well as excellent care. Our trained animal welfare workers and veterinary experts remain on our farms caring for our flocks.
We are aware some Americans have faced empty store shelves and egg cases early in this outbreak, and we understand you have concerns. UEP’s farmer-members are committed to producing a consistent supply of eggs. That is our responsibility as food producers, and a way we can care for our communities during this time.
It is also important to know that numerous public health experts have confirmed that COVID-19 is not transmitted in food. The FDA website has an extensive online Q&A, and it states: “Foodborne exposure to this virus is not known to be a route of transmission.”
We are lifting up prayers for our nation’s healthcare workers, first responders, and others on the front lines, as well as for our country and all those around the world who are affected by COVID-19. On behalf of the U.S. egg farming community, we wish you, your families and loved ones, safety and health during this difficult time.
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