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Optimizing Cleaning and Disinfection

April 21, 2017

The Start Clean – Stay Clean™ program requires that egg farmers have 7 days downtime between flocks.  This time is to be used to clean and disinfect the barn, so that new flocks are introduced to a clean facility, free of bacteria or pathogens that may have been present in theMore


Shell Quality Tip

April 21, 2017

If you notice that eggs come off the belt with rough or ‘sandpaper’ shells, this is a sign that something is happening with the birds that warrants a closer look.  There are many causes, which can include a disease such as Infectious Bronchitis or ILT, improper lighting changes, water shortages,More


Changes in SE Sampling Policy

February 8, 2017

EFA’s shared vs. separate policy was developed in partnership with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF), as a way of determining when production facilities housing more than one flock of birds should be sampled for Salmonella Enteritidis (SE) separately or in one pooled submission.  Last year, AF advised EFA that theyMore


Dedicated Facilities

February 8, 2017

As of January 2017, all new production facilities for pullets and layers in Alberta must be dedicated to the regulated egg industry.  This is a requirement for license and of EFA’s on farm food safety policy.  Providing dedicated facilities reduces the risk of disease transfer between species, helps protect foodMore