Food Safety

Food safety is a key issue for both consumers and egg farmers and it is critical to maintaining confidence in eggs as a food staple. Previous work has demonstrated it is possible to minimise risks arising on-farm to a very low level and we are continuing to work on this through both research and communication activities.

There remains even greater potential to assist in managing food safety risks arising in the post-farm egg value chain by facilitating dialogue between the egg industry, food safety regulators and end-users of eggs and egg products. This is an important focus area for Australian Eggs as the intended outcomes include reduced food safety issues, increased consumer confidence and enhanced industry credibility.

Research library

Reports on food safety and human nutrition are available in the research library.

SE Guide for Producers

SE Swabbing Procedures

  • SOP1 - Deep Litter Sheds With No Pens or Partition Using Drag Swabs

    Last changed: 06/08/2020 12:43pm PDF (900 KB)

    AUSE00048-SOP-1-FA2DIGITAL.pdf

  • SOP2 - Deep Litter Sheds With Pens or Partitions Using Drag Swabs

    Last changed: 06/08/2020 12:44pm PDF (1.4 MB)

    AUSE00048-SOP-2-FA2DIGITAL.pdf

  • SOP3 - Single Level, Fully Slatted Sheds Using Drag Swabs

    Last changed: 06/08/2020 12:45pm PDF (902 KB)

    AUSE00048-SOP-3-FA1DIGITAL.pdf

  • SOP4- Slatted Sheds With Pens or Partitions Using Drag Swabs

    Last changed: 06/08/2020 12:45pm PDF (1.4 MB)

    AUSE00048-SOP-4-FA1DIGITAL.pdf

  • SOP5 - Combined Deep Litter and Slatted Shed Using Drag Swabs

    Last changed: 06/08/2020 12:46pm PDF (1.5 MB)

    AUSE00048-SOP-5-FA1DIGITAL.pdf

  • SOP6 - Conventional Multi-Tier Cages with Manure Belt Using Drag Swabs

    Last changed: 06/08/2020 12:47pm PDF (960 KB)

    AUSE00048-SOP-6-FA1DIGITAL.pdf

  • SOP7 - Conventional Multi-Tier Cages with Manure Pit Using Drag Swab

    Last changed: 06/08/2020 12:47pm PDF (983 KB)

    AUSE00048-SOP-7-FA1DIGITAL.pdf

  • SOP8 - Single or Multi-Level Slatted Shed with No Pens or Partitions Using Boot Swabs

    Last changed: 06/08/2020 12:48pm PDF (1.2 MB)

    AUSE00048-SOP-8-FA1DIGITAL.pdf

  • SOP9 - Slatted Sheds with Hens or Partitions Using Boots Swabs

    Last changed: 06/08/2020 12:49pm PDF (1.4 MB)

    AUSE00048-SOP-9-FA1DIGITAL.pdf

  • SOP10 - Single or Multi-Level Deep Litter Sheds with No Pens or Partitions Using Boot Swabs

    Last changed: 06/08/2020 12:50pm PDF (1.2 MB)

    AUSE00048-SOP-10-FA1DIGITAL.pdf

  • SOP11- Deep Litter Sheds with Pens or Partitions Using Boot Swabs

    Last changed: 06/08/2020 12:50pm PDF (1.4 MB)

    AUSE00048-SOP-11-FA1DIGITAL.pdf

  • SOP12 - Caravan Farms Using Sponge Swabs or Sponge Sticks

    Last changed: 06/08/2020 12:51pm PDF (2.4 MB)

    AUSE00048-SOP-12-FA1DIGITAL.pdf

  • SOP13 - Backyard Housing Using Drag or Boot Swabs

    Last changed: 06/08/2020 12:52pm PDF (1.8 MB)

    AUSE00048-SOP-13-FA1DIGITAL.pdf

Salmonella Response Plans

  • Synopsis-of-Salmonella-Response-Plan.pdf

    Last changed: 13/09/2018 3:03pm PDF (4 MB)

    This synopsis is an adaptation of the Salmonella Incidence Response Plan, and is designed to provide a minimum standard for use by farmers if their farm is implicated in a foodborne outbreak.

    An-updated-Salmonella-Response-Plan.pdf

  • Salmonella-Incidence-Response-Plan.pdf

    Last changed: 04/10/2017 6:12pm PDF (6.5 MB)

    Salmonella-Incidence-Response-Plan.pdf

  • Salmonella-Enteritidis-Response-Plan.pdf

    Last changed: 04/10/2017 6:13pm PDF (1016 KB)

    Salmonella-Enteritidis-Response-Plan.pdf

Codes of practice

Egg Stamping

  • Egg-Stamping-Guide.pdf

    Last changed: 19/10/2018 1:41pm PDF (750 KB)

    Guide to Australian laws, regulations and standards for egg producers.

    Egg-Stamping-Guide.pdf

  • Egg-stamping-fact-sheet.pdf

    Last changed: 25/03/2019 9:18am PDF (439 KB)

    Egg-stamping-fact-sheet.pdf

Through-chain Salmonella risk identification

Salmonella posters