There are a number of requirements coming into effect through EFA’s Animal Care and On Farm food safety policies at the end of 2018 that we would like you to keep in mind as you prepare for the year ahead and beyond.
• As of January 1, 2019 egg farmers must purchase pullets from pullet growers that are accredited in the SC-SC Pullet program. In 2018 EFA will be working with those pullet growers not yet accredited, providing coaching and support to help them achieve accreditation by the deadline.
• As of January 1, 2020, pullets and layers must be housed in facilities dedicated to the regulated egg industry. EFA has received action plans from each farm impacted by this policy and will be monitoring progress each year. As of January 1, 2018 any producers who are SE positive and have production facilities not dedicated to the regulated egg industry must switch to dedicated facilities before repopulating their barn.
• For farms with conventional cages older than 2003, grandfathering will be phased out as of January 1, 2020. As of this date each hen must be provided with a minimum of 67in2 of space for white birds and 75in2 for brown birds.
• Farms with furnished or loose housing systems installed before April 1, 2017 must meet April 1, 2017 Code requirements as of January 1, 2019 and final code requirements by the deadlines set out in the code (January 1, 2020 for loose housing and January 1, 2022 for furnished housing)
For more detail on these requirements the full policies can be viewed online on the Producer website.