New certification service for egg-containing products available

Two U.S. regulatory agencies have unveiled a new export certification program for food products containing egg.

The new program, established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will help companies certify exports, which often is required by companies outside the U.S. and foreign governments. These certifications help ensure importers the products are safe and fit for human consumption, according to a statement from the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN).

The program will allow U.S. exporters to request a certification from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) either for the entire facility or for individual products. AMS inspectors must then verify the facility has good sanitation and the appropriate manufacturing processes, along with any other criteria required by the foreign nation, such as microbiological testing.

USDA and FDA regulate products containing egg. USDA is in charge of dried, liquid and frozen egg products. FDA covers precooked products, such as omelets.

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