POULTRY FACT SHEET NO. 28
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
Animal Production Food Safety Programs
Ralph A. Ernst Poultry Specialist Animal Science Department
Quality assurance programs have been developed in California for producers of poultry meat (chickens, turkeys, game birds, squabs and waterfowl) and for table egg producers and processors. These are voluntary programs developed at industry request. Producers and processors can join a quality assurance program to assure their customers that products are produced under good management practices.
Cooperating Groups - California Egg Quality Assurance Plan
The egg quality assurance plan was developed by a working committee which provided suggestions for review and modification by a larger industry/agency team. The team had representation from the following:
Industry /Agency Team
Cooperating Groups - California Poultry Meat Quality Assurance Plan
The poultry meat quality assurance plan was developed by an industry/agency team with representatives from the following:
These teams continue to function as steering committees for the programs.
Core Program Components
Key components of the quality assurance programs are outlined in the core components. These core components include administrative, production and processing guidelines for participants. The egg program is available from the:
Pacific Egg and Poultry Association
For the poultry meat programs contact the:
California Poultry Industry Federation
You can also get information from most cooperating agencies.
All programs require designation of one or more quality assurance supervisors. Quality assurance supervisors for production plans must participate in training on cleaning and disinfection, biosecurity, rodent and insect control, flock health management and development of quality assurance plans. Each participant must develop a quality assurance plan for each production or processing unit. Plans are reviewed by California Department of Food and Agriculture veterinarians. If approved, they are returned to the participant for implementation by the company/farm. Oversight is mandatory for the egg production and egg processing plans but is optional for poultry meat plans. Oversight of plan implementation and plan records is provided by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, as requested or required.
The overall goal of these programs is to improve the safety and quality of poultry and egg products produced by plan members.
David Goldenberg has been retained as a coordinator for these programs. His address is:
D.G. Management Consultants