ESA covers the industry practices relating to the rearing of pullets, the production of eggs from laying hens, and the grading, processing and packing of eggs. ESA has two Standards:
1. ESA for Rearing and Layer Farms:
It covers the industry practices relating to day old chicks or started pullets to the farm, up to the point of removal of started pullets, spent hens and eggs for human consumption from the farm. This component can be used for the following types of egg production systems: Cage, Barn and Free Range.
The primary objectives of ESA for Rearing and Layer Farms are to:
- Set out the requirements for best practice in the production of eggs;
- Provide a uniform mechanism for the verification of egg production practices; and
- Provide a means of demonstrating best practice and continual improvement.
2. ESA for Grading and Packing Floors:
It covers the general requirements for the collection, grading, washing, packing and delivery of shell eggs as well as the hygienic manufacture, storage, packaging and distribution of egg pulp and egg products for sale or supply for human consumption only. This also covers processors of egg products: fresh liquid whole eggs, egg white, egg yolk/pulp, frozen whole eggs, egg white, egg yolk, dried whole eggs, egg white & yolk, salted & sugared yolks, scrambled egg mix and hard-boiled eggs.
The primary objectives of ESA for Grading and Packing Floors are to:
- Produce a safe product for consumers;
- Ensure full traceability of shell eggs, egg pulp and egg products; and
- Assure both retailer and consumer that shell eggs, egg pulp and egg products are produced and packed to the highest standards.