January 17, 2020
UEP farmer-members are egg farmers, many led by multiple generations, and proudly represent about 90 percent of all egg production in the United States.
In 2002 UEP introduced the UEP Certified program. These standards for hen well-being are backed by decades of research and professional, scientific advice. Cage-free guidelines were introduced in 2006. Today, more than 85 percent of the eggs produced in the U.S. are UEP Certified.
Egg farmers meet or exceed all regulatory programs for food safety, including compliance with FDA’s Egg Safety Rule and relevant state regulations. UEP also manages the national Egg Safety Center, a leading resource for consumer and industry information on the safe production of eggs and the prevention of disease.
Many advancements have been made in U.S. egg farming, leading to a significantly reduced environmental footprint. About one-third less water and half the amount of feed are required to produce a dozen eggs versus the water and feed used in the 1960s and egg farmers have achieved a 71% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
An Egg’s Journey: From Hen to Home shows the production process and egg farmers’ commitment to animal welfare, food safety and environmental stewardship.
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