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on August 23, 2010

PA eggs get Ag Secretary stamp of approval

Those certified under PEQAP meet 'highest safety standards'

Pennsylvania eggs that have been certified under the voluntary Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program (PEQAP) meet some of the nation's highest safety standards, said Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding.

PEQAP's goals are to ensure that basic food safety preventative measures are put in place, including cleaning and disinfecting between flocks, environmental monitoring of production facilities and maintaining a biosecurity program. In relation to the ongoing egg recall, PEQAP served as the model for the Food and Drug Administration's new egg rule, which was announced on July 9 just days before the first recall was announced.

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