In response to the current U.S. egg recall, in which over half a billion eggs produced in Iowa have been taken off grocery store and foodservice shelves all over the country, California has released a statement to reassure its customers.
The state's Egg Quality Assurance Program (CEQAP), implemented in 1995, is comprised of 20 components which must be met for California eggs to gain the CEQAP seal of approval. According to state officials, this program has resulted in California's eggs remaining salmonella-free for more than 10 years. "This is the country's most stringent quality control program designed to ensure the safety and quality of California-produced eggs and its success proves it is," said Arnie Riebli, president of the Association of California Egg Farmers.
Ninety-five percent of California's egg producers subscribe to the voluntary program.