LANSING, Ill., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- National Pasteurized Eggs (NPE) today announced that Compass Group North America is now utilizing NPE's new Salmonella-free Safest Choice™ cage-free pasteurized shell eggs in their Morrison Health Care Foodservice and Morrison Senior Dining Facilities, serving 350 acute care and 250 senior dining facilities nationwide.
The move to cage-free eggs for the Morrison division is in line with Compass Group's sustainability policy, announced in 2007, that converted to use of only cage-free eggs. NPE's Safest Choice™ cage-free pasteurized shell eggs were introduced in July 2009, and are pasteurized via a patented, U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved process recognized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to inactivate Salmonella and the Avian influenza virus.
Morrison's client roster includes many large and prominent hospitals and senior living facilities across the country. Use of Safest Choice™ cage-free pasteurized shell eggs gives diners at the Morrison facilities a choice to eat eggs prepared in any style, even those that are undercooked, such as over easy or sunnyside up, without a risk of exposure to Salmonella. Use of Safest Choice™ eggs also eliminates the potential of bacterial cross contamination within the kitchen.
"Our new Safest Choice™ cage-free pasteurized shell eggs fulfill Compass Groups commitment to humane certification and also deliver the assurance of salmonella free safety, which is extremely important to the clients that they serve," said Greg West, president of NPE.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, Salmonella poisoning is particularly devastating to individuals over age 55, and can lead to long term complications and even death.
West said the recent announcement by the FDA and the Center for Science in the Public Interest, calling eggs one of the dirtiest foods, has led safety-conscious food operators to add Safest Choice™ eggs as part of the risk control within their kitchens.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than 200,000 Americans are sickened from eggs each year, with many illnesses misdiagnosed or unreported. Pregnant women, children, seniors and individuals with weak immune systems are at risk for long-term health issues. The FDA has warning statements on egg cartons advising consumers to cook eggs until yolks and whites are hard, not runny, pasteurized shell eggs are safe any style even raw.
NPE offers both pasteurized shell eggs and cage-free pasteurized shell eggs to retailers and foodservice operators.
For more information, visit www.safeeggs.com or call 708-418-8500. Follow Davidson's Safest Choice® on Twitter and Facebook.
SOURCE National Pasteurized Eggs