The way we process and package our eggs is just as important as the way we care for our hens. We operate our processing plant under strict USDA guidelines with a USDA inspector onsite at all times. As regulations change, we continually update our plant to ensure the quality and safety of our organic eggs.
Our eggs are washed, rinsed, inspected, sorted and packed by machine without being touched by human hands. Our plant staff oversees the equipment and fills the shipping cases with finished packages. A computerized system continually monitors critical control points like wash- and rinse-water temperature, detergent levels and cooler temperatures.
Our eggs are refrigerated before processing and, except for washing and packaging, they’re kept at 45° as long as they’re in our plant. They’re shipped in refrigerated trucks on the morning after they’re packaged.
In the coming months, we will be adding onto the plant and doubling our processing capacity.
HACCP-TRAC® monitoring system keeps our eggs safe
We use a proprietary HACCP-TRAC (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) system in our processing plant to monitor FDA-mandated critical control points and alert us to any non-conforming points. We developed the system right in our own plant and refined it through thousands of hours of operation and testing. If a deviation occurs at any of those points, it's immediately detected and appropriate steps taken to correct it. HACCP-TRAC prevents us from shipping unsafe product and ensures you get only fresh, wholesome eggs.
Freeaire® system lowers our energy bill and reduces our carbon footprint
Keeping our refrigerated storage building at a constant temperature year round takes a lot of energy. Freeaire Refrigeration installed a system that helps us reduce our energy costs and our carbon footprint.
The system controller automatically calculates the most efficient way to precisely maintain the ideal temperature by regulating when refrigeration system components run. It also brings in cold outside air to cool the building during the winter. Energy-efficient fans circulate the inside air to maintain a constant temperature throughout the building.
The system controller also keeps a continuous record of energy usage. Freeaire technicians were able to print out our savings for the first year, and they were impressive:
Total energy savings: 72,470 kWh
Days-per-year that outside air provides refrigeration: 130
Reduction in energy use: 26%
Estimated carbon emissions offset: 72,469 pounds per year