Ensuring health and safety for everyone involved, our hens included
Pearl Valley Farms is driven by our high attention to detail and commitment to ensure our hens are raised in a clean, hazard-free environment. The farm was an early adopter of many humane animal care practices and industry safety standards, including multiple bio-security measures, to minimize the potential for risk to our hens, employees and consumers. Furthermore, we use third party audits to certify our procedures and make sure that we keep delivering the best products available.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Egg Safety Final Rule requires preventive measures during the production of eggs in poultry houses and requires subsequent refrigeration during storage and transportation to prevent food borne illnesses. In addition, the Egg Safety Final Rule requires egg producers to regularly test for Salmonella Enteritidis. Although the Egg Safety Final Rule is fairly new (2009), Pearl Valley Eggs has been testing for Salmonella Enteritidis for more than 15 years and currently does more testing than the Final Rule requires.
Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) is an international non-profit certification organization dedicated to improving the lives of farm animals in food production from birth through slaughter. When you see the Certified Humane Raised and Handled® label you can be assured that the food products have come from facilities that meet precise, objective standards for farm animal treatment.
The Non-GMO Project is a mission-driven nonprofit organization dedicated to building and protecting a non-GMO food supply— this is done through consumer education and outreach programs; marketing support provided to Non-GMO Project Verified brands; and training resources and merchandising materials provided to retailers. The Project remains the market leader for GMO avoidance and one of the fastest growing labels in the retail sector. The Non-GMO Project offers North America’s most trusted third-party verification for non-GMO food and products.
Formerly known as the NSF Cook & Thurber audit, the NSF Supplier Assurance Audit is an industry-leading food safety audit for the processing; beverage; animal feed; and packaging, storage and distribution industries. NSF offers a full scope of farm to fork food safety services, from training and auditing to consulting and Global Food Safety Initiative GFSI certification.
The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) verifies that our farm and handling facilities comply with the OMRI regulations and allows us to sell, label, and represent our products as organic.
QAI is a USDA-accredited certifying agency (ACA), approved to provide organic certification in accordance with the USDA's National Organic Program. Certification is important for consumers, the industry and the regulatory community in order to assure organic integrity from farm to retail shelf.
Pearl Valley Eggs attained Safe Quality Food Level 3 Certification in 2011. Safe Quality Food (SQF) is a food safety management certification program that assures customers that food has been produced, processed and handled according to the highest standards. SQF is benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is recognized worldwide.
A resident inspector from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is on site daily to monitor processing operations and certify a quality product is available to our customers.
USDA Organic certification verifies that our farm and handling facilities comply with the USDA organic regulations and allows us to sell, label, and represent our products as organic.
UEP is a Capper-Volstead cooperative of egg farmers from across the United States and represent the ownership of approximately 95% of all the nation's egg-laying hens. UEP and its farm members believe in consumer choice and, therefore, produce eggs in modern cage, cage-free and organic production systems, as well as producing other specialty shell egg products. UEP prides itself on working with government agencies, such as USDA, FDA and others, to solve problems and create programs that will move the egg industry forward.