Federated Co-operatives Limited adopts EQA certification mark

Mark to appear on select egg cartons this month
Canadian Poultry magazine
October 29, 2019
By Canadian Poultry magazine
The Egg Quality Assurance certification mark on select egg cartons in CO-OP Food Stores in Western Canada this month.
The Egg Quality Assurance certification mark on select egg cartons in CO-OP Food Stores in Western Canada this month.
Egg Farmers of Canada (EFC) is partnering with Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) to launch the Egg Quality Assurance (EQA) certification mark on select egg cartons in CO-OP Food Stores in Western Canada this month.
The EQA certification mark quickly showcases to customers that their eggs are produced locally by Canadian farmers upholding world leading animal welfare and food safety standards.

“We know Co-op customers care where their food comes from and how it’s produced,” says Ron Healey, vice-president of ag and consumer business at FCL.

“We’re working with Egg Farmers of Canada and using the EQA certification mark to assure our customers that Canadian eggs can be trusted for being a high-quality product with consideration for animal welfare.”

All EQA certified eggs have met the highest standards of EFC’s national Start Clean-Stay Clean and Animal Care Programs.

These standards matter and the EQA certification mark provides Canadian consumers with a visual way to recognize this right on the carton.

“For Canadian egg farmers, the EQA certification program is a testament to the decades of work spent building and strengthening standards across the Canadian egg farming industry,” says Roger Pelissero, third generation egg farmer and EFC's chair.

“By carrying the EQA certification mark on their products, Co-op is showcasing their commitment to sourcing quality, safe, local eggs. We’re thrilled by their enthusiasm and support for the EQA certification and we can’t wait to see more egg cartons in stores across Canada with the certification mark.”

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