First cage-free pasteurized eggs produced

National Pasteurized Eggs (NPE) announced that it is now producing the industry’s first cage-free pasteurized shell egg to serve the foodservice industry and consumers throughout the United States.

Texas Tech University, located in Lubbock TX, is serving the cage-free pasteurized shell eggs that are free from salmonella to its faculty, guests, and 28,000 students in its dining halls and other foodservice outlets. NPE’s pasteurized shell eggs are processed using a Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved patented pasteurization process recognized by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to inactivate the Salmonella and avian influenza virus. The FDA estimates 2.3 million eggs contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis were sold in 2008.

Greg West, president of NPE, said, “Texas Tech is leading the foodservice industry by ensuring the eggs they bring into their facilities are perfectly safe and avoid sickening even a single person.”

According to the USDA, more than 22 billion pasteurized eggs are consumed annually, accounting for nearly a third of the egg industry’s volume.

West said NPE will begin offering cage-free, salmonella-free pasteurized eggs for home use in early October via grocers and specialty food retailers.

NPE has locations in Lansing IL and Flandreau SD to distribute these eggs under the name Davidson’s Safest Choice pasteurized eggs. They go to distributors, foodservice facilities, and restaurants in 50 states, Mexico, and Puerto Rico and to various retailers across the United States.

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