Volume 10, Number 10—October 2004
Egg Quality Assurance Programs and Egg-associated Salmonella Enteritidis Infections, United States
|S. Enteritidis incidence||With state- or industry-sponsored EQAPs (%)||With state-sponsored EQAPs (%)|
|Increasing before introduction of EQAPs||34 (62)||28 (62)|
|Decreasing before introduction of EQAPs||21 (38)||17 (38)|
|Increasing after introduction of EQAPs||11 (28)||5 (16)|
|Decreasing after introduction of EQAPs||29 (73)||26 (84)|
aEQAP, egg quality assurance program. This analysis included 11 states that had state- or industry-sponsored EQAPs and 9 states with state-sponsored EQAPs. Departments of agriculture and health provided technical advice, supervision, and monitoring to state-sponsored EQAPs. State-sponsored required auditing by third parties, tested eggs for contamination with S. Enteritidis if layer houses were found to be positive, and diverted eggs found to be contaminated with S. Enteritidis to pasteurization and hard cooking.
bPercentages may not equal 100% because of rounding.