Introduction

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U.S. Eggs:

Distinguished Quality, Assured Safety

Egg production is a prominent and vital segment of agriculture in the United States. American egg producers manage more than 276 million hens, each of which lays about 250 eggs per year. Of all eggs produced in the U.S., approximately 70% is marketed as shell eggs for home, institutional, and food service use. The remaining 30% is processed into a variety of different egg products to be used by food manufacturers and large food service operations worldwide.