Egg farmers in Canada have always made their top priority the care and well being of their hens. They follow important protocols related to the care, diet and environment to keep hens healthy and ensure Canadian eggs are produced according to some of the highest quality standards in the world. Here are two important on-farm programs they follow today.
Animal Care Program
Ensuring their hens are always well cared for.
Canadian egg farmers take part in a comprehensive, national Animal Care Program. As part of this program, trained field inspectors visit the farm to ensure that hens have a comfortable environment, a well-balanced and nutritious diet, fresh water and clean surroundings.
The program is based on the Code of Practice, developed by Canada's top veterinarians and experts in animal care as well as representatives from the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Start Clean-Stay Clean™
Ensuring your eggs are always clean and fresh.
Egg farmers nationwide have implemented a comprehensive on-farm food safety program called Start Clean-Stay Clean™. The program includes everything from on-farm inspections, to mandated standards for storage, cleanliness, air quality, feed and record keeping.
Canadian egg farmers follow feed regulations set by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, part of which states that steroids and hormones are not approved for use in Canada. This means that the eggs you buy at the store do not contain steroids or hormones.
In addition to participating in national on-farm programs, Canadian egg farmers take a number of important steps every day to deliver fresh, local, and high-quality eggs. Learn more about the Journey of the Egg from farm to table here.