The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its “Guidance for Industry: Questions and Answers Regarding the Final Rule, Prevention of Salmonella Enteritidis in Shell Eggs During Production, Storage, and Transportation.” Comments may be submitted at any time, although the guidance, with nonbinding recommendations for complying with a final rule that took effect in September 2009, has incorporated comments submitted after the draft guidance was published. Presented in a Q&A format, the guidance addresses compliance dates, the egg rule’s coverage, definitions, Salmonella Enteritidis prevention measures, testing, sampling, and registration requirements. See Federal Register, August 21, 2012.
Noting that Americans consume 242 eggs per capita annually, New York University Nutrition Professor Marion Nestle draws attention to the guidance in her blog and cites a recent Canadian study claiming an association between the consumption of egg yolks and plaque formation in coronary arteries. She suggests that we should not “be eating so many eggs,” but admits that she likes them and votes “for everything in moderation on this one. But . . . I’m buying them from farmers’ markets these days—for reasons of food safety, animal welfare, and taste.” See FoodPolitics.com, August 21, 2012.