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Biosecurity in the Egg Industry

Biosecurity measures form an integral part of egg production in protecting hen wellbeing and food safety and assisting with the prevention of the introduction of infectious diseases to flocks. Biosecurity is about managing the risks of reduced productivity, profitability and long term financial viability of egg production businesses.

There are a number of ways for producers to assess, address and manage these risks.

The ‘Code of Practice for Biosecurity in the Egg Industry Second Edition’ provides information to enable producers to develop Biosecurity Plans based on risks to their businesses. Different farms may require different plans based on defined risks to their particular farms. While some commonality will exist, there will be differences too based on production system or location for example.

The biosecurity manual ‘National Farm Biosecurity Technical Manual for Egg Production’ stipulates minimum biosecurity measures for Emergency Animal Diseases and supports AECL’s obligations to the Emergency Animal Disease Response Agreement (EADRA).

These two different approaches allow for flexibility for different producers and should be treated as complimentary to one another. 

AECL has developed a series of Biosecurity Posters for use on farm. These posters identify the biosecurity risks posed by people, pests and water as well as the benefits of maintaining biosecurity and vaccinating against disease.