About UEP Certified
In 2002, United Egg Producers established the first UEP Certified guidelines – standards for hen well-being backed by decades of research and recommendations from an independent Scientific Advisory Committee. Today, more than 85 percent of eggs produced in the U.S. come from farms that voluntarily participate in UEP Certified, choosing to open their farms to independent auditors.
Core hen well-being requirements of UEP Certified include:
- Code of conduct signed by employees trained in animal care
- Annual compliance assessment conducted by independent, third-party auditors
- Scientifically-supported standards for allotment of space for hens in various housing environments
- Feed, clean water and fresh air at all times
With periodic updates to account for new research and continuous improvement, UEP Certified is an acknowledged leader in science-based guidelines on hen well-being. UEP Certified has been endorsed by the Food Marketing Institute (association of retail grocers) and the National Council of Chain Restaurants (association of fast food restaurants).