Pa. House Resolution Yokes Eggs to Month of May

5/18/2013 7:00 AM

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution by Rep. Mindy Fee, R-Manheim, to designate May as “Egg Month” in Pennsylvania.

“Pennsylvania has a strong poultry industry, and the commonwealth is the third-largest egg producer in the United States,” said Fee, a member of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.

“Lancaster County is No. 1 in the state and 16th in the nation,” she said. “Eggs contribute immensely to our economy.”

House Resolution 265 states that Pennsylvania is home to 23.9 million hens, which produce nearly 7 billion eggs, contributing $408.2 million to Pennsylvania’s economy annually.

Fee noted that Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to take steps to reduce the risk of salmonella in layers and their eggs by instituting the voluntary Pennsylvania Egg Quality Assurance Program, or PEQAP.

PEQAP involves flock testing, environmental monitoring, stringent disinfection standards and refrigeration requirements. Although the program does not guarantee salmonella-free eggs, it does make the state’s eggs among the safest in the world.

“I am hopeful this resolution will bring attention to the farmers who toil daily to make a living by providing this safe and wholesome food to the commonwealth,” Fee said.

“Farming of any kind is not just a job, but it is a 24/7 lifestyle, especially when there is poultry or livestock involved,” she said. “The extra care our farmers put into food safety shows their commitment to a healthy Pennsylvania.”

Source: Pa. House GOP News.

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