“In the know” — U.S. egg products technical buyers and users conference

“In the know” — U.S. egg products technical buyers and users conference

The USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), which supports the poultry and egg industries through market development programs related to all aspects of the poultry and egg industry, enlightened attendees on June 21, 2022, with a U.S. Egg Products Technical Buyers and Users Conference at VOCO Hotel Dubai.

The conference’s series of presentations were designed to provide key information related to current egg safety and quality issues, as well as trends and market opportunities:

The U.S. Egg and Egg Products presentation by Ginny Gunderson, U.S. egg products and export specialist, covered the specificities of U.S. eggs, an egg nutrition overview and the latest trends.

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service presentation by Jeffrey Hendricks, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service  – national shell egg supervisor, and Jed Warnock, assistant national shell egg supervisor, explored egg items (shell eggs/egg products/processed egg products), market access (how the process works), USDA’s export certification process for shell eggs (including the U.S. production process), USDA’s Processed Egg and Egg Products Verification Program (PEEPEV) and other topics.

Dr. Jacqueline Mason, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service – international marketing specialist, presented the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service talk, which focused on how to negotiate and maintain export market access for eggs (Animal Health Perspective), the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP) and its value, how the process of self-monitoring/self-restrictions of exports during disease outbreaks (HPAI) works as well as a plethora of other current issues.

A 101 U.S. egg products overview was presented by Dr. Deana Jones, USDA Agricultural Research Service  – research food technologist, during her session on The USDA Agricultural Research Service presentation.

Gunderson returned to the floor for a final discussion on U.S Egg and Egg Products.  She spoke about sea freight and container shipments, egg product applications in foodservice and provided a recap on egg functionality.

The conference demonstrated the U.S. poultry and egg industry’s innovation and evolution, giving buyers and users the most up-to-date information about various topics that have had and are likely to have an impact on its future.


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