Eggs were produced from backyard systems.
Approximately 76 million people people in the U.S. and 44% were farmers.
Small backyard flocks of chickens made up the majority of the egg producing industry.
Cage systems were introduced.
Cage systems were adopted.
Selective breeding of the hens started to help shape the hen's behaviors.
Cage systems become dominant method.
Improved technology and the development of mechanical equipment was responsible for a shift from small farm flocks to larger commercial operations.
Cage-free system existed.
Implementation of mandatory egg products inspections by USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Industry standard for cleaning & inspection eggs become more rigid.
Study showed that eggs not sterile and could be contaminated wit Salmonella Enteritidis.
United Egg Producers developed the first industry guidelines.
FDA Egg Safety Action PLan was created.
UEP animal welfare committee was established.
UEP supports Food and Drug Administarion's Egg Sfaety Program and worked with Congress, consumer advocacy groups and FDA to secure the most effective program possible.
UEP initiates the 5-star Total Quality Assurance Program.
UEP certified program launched.
FDA proposed a duke to prevent Salmonella Enteritidis contamination in shell eggs during production.
U.S. population of 280 million people and 2% are farmers.
Each hen produces about 265 eggs per year in modern egg farming.
FDA employees inspect 100 farms per year.
U.S. egg farmers supply American consumers with 76 billion eggs per year.
UEP redesigned the food safety program and a food safety committee was established.
Hens in cage-free systems eat 15%-25% more feed to produce fewer, smaller eggs.