The U.S. Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, has developed a program to certify processed eggs and egg products for export, providing new opportunities for U.S. food exporters.
The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service will certify a wide range of products containing eggs, including omelets, frozen egg patties, crepes, hard boiled eggs, mayonnaise and food containing egg extracts.
AMS worked with the FDA, USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, other government agencies and representatives from processed egg and egg foods organizations, including the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council and the United Egg Association, to develop the program.
“This effort allows producers to obtain certification that some importing countries require and will provide new opportunities for them to market their products globally,” said Dave Shipman, AMS administrator, in a written statement.
The USDA’s recent efforts to support exports of U.S. agricultural products are expected to help increase exports of U.S. cattle, poultry products and pears by more than $85 million annually, according to Tom Vilsack, Agriculture Secretary, and the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
APHIS has announced the opening of export markets to Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia for U.S. day-old chicks and hatching eggs, increasing U.S. exports by an estimated $25 million a year. It has also reported the arrival of the first shipment of U.S. Anjou pears to China and reached an agreement with Iraqi animal health officials regarding export certification requirements for U.S. dairy cattle shipments to that country.