Egg Farmers of Canada is partnering with Federated Co-operatives (FCL) to launch the Egg Quality Assurance (EQA) certification mark on select egg cartons in Co-op food stores in Western Canada.
The EQA certification mark indicates eggs that are produced locally by Canadian farmers to world leading animal welfare and food safety standards.
“We know Co-op customers care where their food comes from and how it’s produced,” said 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 standards of Egg Farmers of Canada’s national Start Clean-Stay Clean and Animal Care programs. The use of the EQA certification mark enables Canadian consumers to recognize this more easily.
“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,” said Roger Pelissero, third generation egg farmer and chair of Egg Farmers of Canada.
“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.”