USPOULTRY and the USPOULTRY Foundation announce the completion of a funded research project at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, that evaluated best practices for shell egg sanitization. The project is part of USPOULTRY's comprehensive research program encompassing all phases of poultry and egg production and processing. A brief summary of the completed project is shown below. A complete report, along with information on other USPOULTRY research, may be obtained by going to USPOULTRY's website. The project summary is as follows:


Project #F041: Development of Best Practices for Shell Egg Disinfection Based Upon Efficacy, Egg Quality and Economics

(Dr. Craig Coufal and Dr. Christine Alvarado, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas)

In a recently completed research project funded by the USPOULTRY Foundation, researchers investigated current and alternative practices of shell egg sanitization. Dr. Craig Coufal and Dr. Christine Alvarado of Texas A&M University surveyed egg processors across the U.S. to determine current practices and costs of shell egg sanitization. In addition, they conducted a microbial survey to evaluate the effectiveness of current practices. Their research also involved evaluating the effectiveness of prewash egg disinfection procedures, determining the efficacy and quality parameters of current methods compared to alternative methods and conducting an economic analysis to compare current and alternate methods of shell egg sanitization. Their findings will provide guidance in formulating future best practices for the industry.