As of August 15, 2018 critical control elements were introduced to the SC-SC Layer program. Since this date, we have seen a sharp increase in the number of Corrective Actions Requests (CARs) issued for cooler temperature being maintained between 10°C to 13°C.

We would like to ask all of our farmers to check their cooler temperatures and ensure they are being maintained within the range of 10°C to 13°C. Cooling eggs to this temperature after collection helps keep eggs fresh and prevents the growth of organisms like Salmonella.

Keep in mind that when there are big shifts in temperature outside, it’s a good idea to check that the temperatures in your cooler continue to be between 10 and 13°C. If temperatures are falling outside of this range, you may need to adjust the set point of the cooler thermometer by a degree or two. Be sure to watch your cooler temperatures closely after you make an adjustment to ensure they’ve had the effect you anticipated.

Corrective actions issued for critical control elements – including cooler temperatures outside of 10 and 13°C – trigger the following actions:
1. There will be an immediate 7 day hold of the SC-SCTM part 1 and 2 evaluation.
2. A corrective action request (CAR) will be issued with a 7 day deadline to complete.
3. If the CAR is not corrected within 7 days, the result will be an immediate failure of the SC-SC program.
4. If you fail the SC-SC program, you will not meet the requirements for the National Egg Quality Assurance Program, which can impact the market for your eggs.

Thank-you for taking the time to check your cooler temperatures and doing your part to safeguard food safety and demonstrate excellence in the SC-SC program!