Food safety is essential on UEP Certified farms. The UEP Certified program standards are the only cage egg production standards endorsed by the Food Marketing Institute and the National Council of Chain Restaurants. The standards were developed by an independent advisory council of leading animal science experts from several universities and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Egg farmers also meet the requirements of the Food and Drug Administration’s Egg Safety Rule to provide greater assurance to consumers.
Research shows that hens in cages have fewer diseases than other forms of production and need fewer medications. They are also never fed hormones. Most U.S. eggs are produced by farmers under strict UEP Certified standards and 95 percent of those eggs are produced in conventional or enriched cage housing facilities.
"The advantage of having an egg produced in a cage system is that the egg gets away from the manure, the bedding and the live animal (it rolls out of the cage after being laid) more rapidly."