The United Egg Producers and the American Humane Association have announced that UEP will accept animal welfare audits by AHA as meeting UEP Certified standards. The producers will then be able to label their eggs as UEP Certified and American Humane Certified without having to undergo or pay for a second audit.
"When UEP began developing science-based guidelines for the production of eggs in modern cage housing systems in the late 1990s, the American Humane Association participated in those discussions," says Gene Gregory, president of UEP. "We're pleased to renew a working relationship with them and we have always regarded them as one of the most credible animal-welfare organizations in the country."
Producers that pass an American Humane Association audit and have 100% compliance with UEP Certified guidelines will be able to use both the UEP Certified logo as well as the American Humane Certified label.
"We are enthusiastic about this agreement between our organizations that will facilitate certification of more egg producers who are in compliance with American Humane standards," says Marie Belew Wheatley, president and CEO of American Humane. "Certification by both organizations assures consumers that they will be able to find humanely produced eggs in more locations."