Eggland’s Best and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) marked a historic occasion as they commemorated the 30 billionth USDA-certified Eggland’s Best egg during a private event in Washington D.C on Tuesday, September 18, attended by key personnel from the USDA, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Eggland’s Best. To help put the immensity of this notable milestone into perspective, 30 billion eggs would circle Earth 38 times!
It’s no surprise that EB has reached the 30 billionth milestone. As the country’s #1 egg, Eggland’s Best eggs are produced by approved, licensed farms located throughout the United States, and are delivered fresh to local supermarkets. Independent testing published in the Journal of Applied Poultry Research has also confirmed that Eggland’s Best eggs stay fresher longer than ordinary eggs.
“At Eggland’s Best, we hold our eggs to the strictest production and safety standards,” said Charlie Lanktree, President and CEO of Eggland’s Best. “Our 30 billionth USDA-approved egg is a testament to our commitment to providing the highest quality egg possible with superior nutrition, taste, and freshness.”
The egg grading requirements for Eggland’s Best eggs are actually more stringent than the USDA’s standards. Compared to USDA grading of regular eggs, Eggland’s Best eggs require a higher level of quality and fewer cracks. In fact, Grade A specifications for Eggland’s Best eggs are more stringent than standard Grade AA specifications for regular eggs.
As part of the EB 27-point quality and freshness program, we conduct more than 45,000 tests every year to ensure that the freshness, nutrition and quality standards of EB eggs are not only met, but exceeded.
“This is such an incredible achievement and I am proud to partner with Eggland’s Best,” said Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner. “Eggland’s Best eggs are delicious and have higher levels of essential vitamins and nutrients when compared to ordinary eggs, which is why they are the only eggs I recommend to my clients and serve my family.”
Compared to ordinary eggs, EB eggs contain six times more vitamin D, 25% less saturated fat, more than double the Omega-3s, ten times more vitamin E and more than double the vitamin B12. EB eggs are also an excellent source of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and vitamin B5. Our superior nutritional profile is due to the high-quality feed that contains superior levels of vitamins and minerals compared to ordinary hen feed and has no animal by-products or fat.