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Monday, July 21, 2014
USDA approves 20 billionth Eggland's Best egg
Eggland’s Best has had its 20 billionth egg approved by the USDA. The feat is being commemorated by both the company, which sells eggs in all 50 states, and the federal agency.
"We are pleased to have such a strong partnership with Eggland's Best and are proud that the USDA grade mark appears on their egg cartons," said Anne Alonzo, administrator for the Agricultural Marketing Service of the USDA. "20 billion approved Eggland's Best eggs speaks volumes about the brand's focus on quality, which is something we highly value at the USDA."
Eggland’s Best highlights commitment to quality
Eggland's Best conducts more than 35,000 tests a year to guarantee its eggs have lower saturated fat than ordinary eggs while being higher in vitamins and nutrients. This quality assurance leads to a nutritionally superior and a fresher egg, the company says.
"At Eggland's Best, we follow the motto 'Better taste. Better nutrition. Better eggs.' in order to deliver a better tasting egg to consumers that is also better for them," said Charlie Lanktree, president and CEO of Eggland's Best. "We hold our eggs to the highest of standards and actually reject more than 600,000 eggs a day because they do not meet our strict requirements to receive the EB stamp."
Compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland's Best eggs contain 25 percent less saturated fat, four times the vitamin D, 10 times the vitamin E and twice the amount of omega-3 fatty acids, the company said in a press release. Also, Eggland's Best says its eggs contain 38 percent more lutein and provide a good source of vitamins B2 (riboflavin), B5 and B12.
In a recent independent study from the Journal of Applied Poultry Research, researchers found that Eggland's Best was the leader in egg freshness and that its proprietary hen feed and enhanced production processes played a crucial role in creating and maintaining fresh eggs. These findings were supported by the USDA's own study that looked at eggs from more than 5,000 supermarkets across the United States.
With more than 50 local farms producing Eggland's Best eggs across the country, Eggland's Best utilizes more than 50 USDA-approved inspectors a year to certify Eggland's Best.