Rose Acre Farms’ new laboratory to test samples from the company’s flocks is now open.
The second largest egg company in the United States opened the laboratory in a building it purchased two years ago near its corporate office in Seymour, Indiana, replacing the old lab near its former headquarters near Cortland, Indiana, reported the Seymour Tribune.
Following a renovation of the building, equipment was brought in in January, and the first tests were conducted on March 25.
At the facility, samples from Rose Acre Farms’ layer, breeder and pullet farms are tested for Salmonella enteritidis and other pathogens.
The laboratory is subject to an annual certification process, and in years past, the Rose Acre Farms laboratory has ranked high among other labs in Indiana.
“Ranking up there with all of those state labs is an important component of our company, because it shows we are just as capable of the same type of testing as they are,” laboratory technician Wanda White told the Tribune.
Rose Acre Farms, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies database, had a flock of 26.6 million hens at the conclusion of 2018. It is the third largest egg company in the world, ranking behind U.S.-based Cal-Maine Foods and Mexico’s Proteina Animal (PROAN).
In April, Rose Acre Farms voluntarily recalled 206,749,248 eggs because they were potentially contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on April 13. The eggs were distributed from Rose Acre’s farm in Hyde County, North Carolina, and reached consumers in Colorado, Florida, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia through retail stores and restaurants via direct delivery. Cal-Maine Foods also issued a voluntary egg recall, as the involved eggs had the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup. and were distributed from that same facility.