Egg Products
Egg Products

ISSN: 1949-0402

Released February 12, 2019, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service 
(NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of 
Agriculture (USDA).

Shell Eggs Broken Up 9 Percent from Last Year

December 2017 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays. 
December 2018 contained 21 weekdays (including 1 holiday) and 5 Saturdays. 

Shell eggs broken totaled 206 million dozen during December 2018, up 
9 percent from December a year ago, and 4 percent above the 198 million dozen 
broken during the previous month.

During calendar year 2018 through December, shell eggs broken totaled 
2.40 billion dozen, up 4 percent from the comparable period in 2017. To date, 
cumulative total edible product from eggs broken in 2018 was 
3.09 billion pounds, up 3 percent from 2017.

Data presented in this report were compiled from Food Safety and Inspection 
Service (FSIS) inspection reports. The best available data at the time of 
publication were used.

Federally Inspected Shell Eggs Broken - United States: December 2018 with Comparisons
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                                        :            :            :            :      Percent of       
                                        :  December  :  November  :  December  :-----------------------
             Inspected item             :    2017    :    2018    :    2018    : December  : November  
                                        :            :            :            :   2017    :   2018    
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                                        :  ---------- 1,000 dozen ----------        --- percent ---    
                                        :                                                              
Shell eggs broken ...................   :  189,192      197,801      205,894        109         104    
                                        :                                                              
                                        :  ---------- 1,000 pounds ---------        --- percent ---    
                                        :                                                              
Edible product from shell eggs broken   :                                                              
Whole ..................................:  156,633      159,897      164,548        105         103    
White ..................................:   59,907       62,792       66,419        111         106    
Yolk ...................................:   30,164       31,714       33,021        109         104    
                                        :                                                              
Total ..................................:  246,704      254,403      263,988        107         104    
                                        :                                                              
Inedible product from shell eggs broken :   20,437       22,013       22,685        111         103    
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Federally Inspected Shell Eggs Broken, Cumulative - United States: January-December 2017 and 2018
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                                        :                 Cumulative                  :2018 as percent 
             Inspected item             :---------------------------------------------:    of 2017     
                                        :January-December 2017 :January-December 2018 :                
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                                        :      ---------- 1,000 dozen ---------            percent     
                                        :                                                              
Shell eggs broken ...................   :      2,307,023              2,399,762              104       
                                        :                                                              
                                        :      --------- 1,000 pounds ---------            percent     
                                        :                                                              
Edible product from shell eggs broken   :                                                              
Whole ..................................:      1,837,087              1,911,501              104       
White ..................................:        771,207                788,037              102       
Yolk ...................................:        383,655                390,716              102       
                                        :                                                              
Total ..................................:      2,991,949              3,090,254              103       
                                        :                                                              
Inedible product from shell eggs broken :        239,584                260,875              109       
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Statistical Methodology

Data Sources: Data for the Egg Products report are obtained from Egg Products 
Volume Reports (FSIS Form 5200-11) completed by inspectors of FSIS, USDA. 
FSIS is responsible for administering a mandatory inspection program for egg 
products under the authority of the Egg Products Inspection Act of 1970. The 
act and its associated regulations require that all commercial egg breaking 
and processing plants operate under continuous USDA supervision. Reports are 
currently received from approximately 60 plants in the United States. Plant 
management provides monthly volume data to the resident USDA inspector at the 
applicable plant.

Revision Policy: Revisions are generally the result of late reports received 
by FSIS from plants. Revisions for the previous month and year-to-date totals 
are published in each monthly release.

Procedures and Reliability: FSIS reviews plant data for accuracy and 
completeness and provides NASS a data file. NASS reviews the data for unusual 
values. The egg products estimates are based on a census of all commercial 
egg breaking and processing plants; therefore, there are no statistical 
estimation and sampling errors.

Information Contacts

Listed below are the commodity specialists in the Livestock Branch of the National Agricultural 
Statistics Service to contact for additional information. E-mail inquiries may be sent to 
nass@nass.usda.gov

Travis Averill, Chief, Livestock Branch .......................................... (202) 720-3570

Tony Dorn, Head, Poultry and Specialty Commodities Section ....................... (202) 690-3223
   Holly Brenize - Poultry Slaughter.............................................. (202) 720-0585
   Alissa Cowell-Mytar - Cold Storage, Capacity of Refrigerated Warehouses ....... (202) 720-4751
   Liana Cuffman - Catfish and Trout, Egg Products, Mink, Census of Aquaculture .. (202) 720-8784
   Fatema Haque - Broiler Hatchery, Chicken Hatchery ............................. (202) 720-3244
   Kim Linonis - Layers, Eggs .................................................... (202) 690-3676
   Adam Peters - Turkey Hatchery, Turkeys Raised ................................. (202) 690-3237
   Erica Sadler - Cost of Pollination, Honey, Honey Bee Colonies ................. (202) 720-6147

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