Memberships & Certifications
United Egg Producers (UEP) is a Capper-Volstead cooperative of egg farmers from across the United States representing the ownership of nearly 90 percent of the nation’s egg-laying hens. The organization and members have a commitment to house and manage their animals at the highest levels of husbandry and welfare, which is why the UEP Certified program was developed. Launched nationwide in 2002, the UEP Certified program and the resulting seal featured on egg cartons is assurance to customers and foodservice representatives that those eggs originate from farms dedicated to following responsible, science-based farming methods designed to ensure hen welfare.
SQF is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system. Using the SQF certification program will help reduce assessment inconsistencies and costs of multiple assessment standards. What’s more, the SQF Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification. Administered by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), SQF benefits from continual retailer feedback about consumer concerns. These benefits are passed on to SQF certified suppliers, keeping them a step ahead of their competitors.