Misinformation in Business Insider Article

Jul 24, 2014

An item contrasting UK and U.S. egg production which appeared in a recent edition of the Business Insider contains misleading statements.

The article states that vaccination against SE is not generally practiced in the U.S. as it was not mandated by the FDA in 2011 and “farmers complained that it would be expensive.”  At the time of issuing the Final Rule on Prevention of Salmonella in Eggs, the FDA in its ignorance stated “there was not enough evidence to conclude that vaccinating hens against Salmonella will prevent people from getting sick”.

The apparent deficiencies in knowledge and experience among FDA personnel regarding vaccination is not in fact reflected in industry practice.  At the very least all pullet flocks are vaccinated twice using a Salmonella Typhimurium live attenuated vaccine followed by at least one dose of inactivated Salmonella Enteritidis inactivated oil-emulsion vaccine.


Egg Industry News


Backyard Chickens

Jul 25, 2014

EGG-CITE has commented previously on the backyard hen movement.

A publication by Jason Price entitled Raising Backyard Chickens for Dummies warns of the problems of odor and predator loss. With the high price of feed purchased in small containers, low productivity and ongoing mortality, the cost of eggs compares unfavorably with purchase  from a supermarket.

According to a comment in AgWeb, James McWillams writing for Forbes.com noted that a contact considered that his backyard eggs costs $40 per dozen!


Opal Foods Aces SQF Audit

Jul 25, 2014

The New School Farm Packing Plant dedicated to specialty eggs in Neosho, MO. scored 100% on a July 17th SQF audit.

The plant was erected to receive eggs from a cage-free complex fitted with Big Dutchman aviaries. In addition the plant handles off-line eggs derived from contractors in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

The plant was designed to the highest specifications exceeding USDA requirements for surface finishes. The design of the facility was based on installation of a new MOBA grader equipped with leak, dirt, blood spot and crack detectors.

The Compliance Officer for Opal Foods is Hosea Chipollini assisted by Tina Stracener who support Plant Manager Hank Carter.

Opal Foods was formed as a partnership between Rose Acre Farms, Weaver Brothers and AGR Partners. The cage-free component is achieving high standards of quality and safety for eggs derived from non-caged flocks on contractors’ slatted floor systems and in company-owned aviaries.


Kroger to Reduce Prices in Kentucky

Jul 18, 2014

The Louisville, KY Division of the Kroger Company will lower prices on 10,000 items.  Accordingly to a Company release the selected products are “frequently found in most customers’ shopping carts to ensure all customer would benefit from the price reduction over time”.

Time McGurk a spokesperson for the Company stated “we continue to leverage our scale as one of the largest retailers in the World to work with suppliers to reduce costs and in turn pass the savings along to our customers”.


Weekly USDA Prices and Inventory

Jul 18, 2014


Prices continue to rise through the post-independence Day weekend with the exception of mediums. There was a slight accumulation of generic inventory on a national basis, although some regions appear oversupplied. Specialty egg inventory declined. The USDA Egg Market News Report for Monday July 14th 2014, (Vol. 61: #56) documented the following “most frequent” range of Midwest values as delivered to warehouses:-

  Previous Week    Current Week
Extra Large   110 –  113          110  –  113  cents per dozen
Large 108 –  111   108 –  111  
Medium 91 –  94   91 –  94  
Certified Organic EL 265 –  300   265 –  300  
Breaking Stock 77 –  79   77 –  80  
Checks 60 –  66   66  –  66  



USDA Reports on Inventories and Status of the 2014 Crop

Jul 16, 2014



The July 14th USDA Crop Progress Report issued July 14th for week ending July 13th confirmed continuing development of both corn and soy crops.

The USDA report 34 percent of corn silking compared to 15 percent in the previous week in 18 states. This compares to a 5-year average of 33 percent.

Approximately 41 percent of the soybean crop was blooming compared to 24 percent last week and 37 percent for the 5-year average.   

The condition of these crops was classified by the USDA as:-

  Very Poor Poor Fair Good Excellent
Soybeans             1% 4% 19% 54% 22%
Corn 1% 5% 22% 56% 19%

On July 15th September corn closed at 376 cents per bushel, soybeans at 1199 cents per bushel and soybean meal at $362 per ton.




Export Data for January through May 2014.

Jul 14, 2014

USDA-FAS data as collated by Dr. Renan Zhuang of the USAPEEC, reflecting export volume and values for shell eggs and egg products are shown in the table below comparing the first four months of  2014:-

Comparison of Egg Exports: First Five Months of 2013 compared 2013


January through May





Shell Eggs

Volume (m. dozen)






Value ($ million)






Unit Value ($/dozen)






Egg Products      

Volume (metric tons)






Value ($ million)






Unit Value ($/metric ton)    






Read the full report at http://egg-cite.com/statistics/single.aspx?contentID=2936

Shane Commentary


Awareness of GM and Labeling

Jul 12, 2014

EGG-CITE has commented frequently on the patchwork of proposed legislation and ballot initiatives to enforce labeling of food products containing GM ingredients. The reality is that 95 percent of corn, soy and sugar beets in the U.S. are derived from cultivars modified by insertion of genes which offer benefits in terms of pest resistance or improved yield. The FDA has ruled that it is unnecessary to label food ingredients as being derived from GM since exhaustive research over two decades has failed to demonstrate any nutritional difference or health risks associated with approved GM cultivars.

Rutgers University has determined that 43 percent of survey participants were aware of the availability of GM food but only 26 percent knew that they had already consumed product containing GM ingredients. Surprisingly 40 percent of respondents surveyed in a New York Times poll thought that fruit and vegetables were genetically modified, which is not the case.


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Industry Prices: Fri Jul 25
 Corn3.72 $/bu
 Soybeans10.84 $/bu
 Soybean Meal349.00 $/ton
 Eggs, Producer118  ¢/doz
 Eggs, Warehouse 131-134 ¢/doz