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NPE launches a food industry's first

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

Texas Tech University 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 award-winning pasteurized shell eggs are processed using a FDA-approved patented pasteurization process recognised by the USDA to inactivate the Salmonella and avian influenza virus, says NPE. The FDA estimates 2.3 mln eggs contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis were sold in 2008.

"While eggs are a great, nutritionally dense product that is an essential item for all meals, we believe pasteurizing eggs is simply the best way to keep all Americans safe from the dangerous effects of salmonella poisoning," said Greg West, NPE president.

West said Texas Tech's move to pasteurized, cage-free shell eggs comes at a time when the pasteurized egg category is experiencing phenomenal growth, as more and more foodservice operators look to reduce the risk of food poisoning and avoid large-scale salmonella illnesses or outbreaks.

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

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

Source: National Pasteurized Eggs (NPE)

Natalie Berkhout

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