Egg Industry will commence running a series of actual situations encountered in production each month.

Appropriate responses will be reviewed and reproduced in the next edition. It is hoped that this exercise will stimulate some thought and hopefully improve quality across our industry.

November exercise

Situation: Consumers complain of fecal deposits on the shells of eggs processed by a 20-year-old in-line cage operation.

The questions are:

1. What are the possible causes of this observation?
2. What investigations would you perform to evaluate the cause[s]?
3. Select the most probable cause and suggest an appropriate solution?