The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the USDA has updated its meat and poultry safety guidelines for egg-laying hens.
In 2017, the USDA updated its guidance on egg-Laying Hens to include “egg-layers” as the term used in the rule.
However, the egg-layer is not the same as the egg, which must be incubated in a temperature range from 100°F to 140°F.
The egg-layering process involves laying an egg in a small hole and then covering it with plastic wrap to keep it from drying out.
It also involves covering the egg with the skin of a chicken.
The USDA said in a statement to ABC News that the updated guidance is consistent with the Food and Drug Administration’s Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (AWAC) recommendations and has not been amended since the rule was issued.
However the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is taking steps to change the wording in the 2018 guidance to clarify that egg-level temperature does not require that the egg be incubator-free and egg-loaves remain on the eggs.
The FSIS is asking egg-liars to contact its helpline to learn more about the change.
The FSIS said in its 2018 guidance that egg laying hens are “an important source of protein and energy for poultry.”
It also stated that egg littles are “not considered to be a part of the food supply for poultry production.”
The egg industry has pushed back against the changes to the 2018 guideline, saying it will hurt the industry.
A statement from the American Egg Board said that while the egg industry believes that the revised guideline is correct, the poultry industry has long maintained that egg quality is best achieved when the hens remain on an egg and do not lay eggs in a cooler.
The American Egg Association also weighed in on the change, saying that the 2018 document does not address the egg safety issue and that the FSIS “remains focused on maintaining egg quality, and not the health of egg production.”
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