Egg Products
Egg Products

ISSN: 1949-0402

Released December 29, 2020, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service 
(NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of 
Agriculture (USDA).

Shell Eggs Broken Down 4 Percent from Last Year

November 2019 contained 21 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 5 Saturdays. 
November 2020 contained 21 weekdays (including 2 holidays) and 4 Saturdays. 

Shell eggs broken totaled 186 million dozen during November 2020, down 
4 percent from November a year ago, and 3 percent below the 193 million dozen 
broken during the previous month.

During calendar year 2020 through November, shell eggs broken totaled 
2.05 billion dozen, down 10 percent from the comparable period in 2019. To 
date, cumulative total edible product from eggs broken in 2020 was 
2.64 billion pounds, down 10 percent from 2019.

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: November 2020 with Comparisons
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                                        :           :           :           : November 2020 as percent of 
                                        : November  :  October  : November  :-----------------------------
             Inspected item             :   2019    :   2020    :   2020    :   November   :   October    
                                        :           :           :           :     2019     :     2020     
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                                        :  --------- 1,000 dozen ---------        ----- percent ----      
                                        :                                                                 
Shell eggs broken ...................   :  193,139     193,007     186,326         96             97      
                                        :                                                                 
                                        :  --------- 1,000 pounds --------        ----- percent ----      
                                        :                                                                 
Edible product from shell eggs broken   :                                                                 
Whole ..................................:  161,523     160,783     146,521         91             91      
White ..................................:   57,890      59,617      60,634        105            102      
Yolk ...................................:   29,383      30,522      30,493        104            100      
                                        :                                                                 
Total ..................................:  248,796     250,922     237,648         96             95      
                                        :                                                                 
Inedible product from shell eggs broken :   19,993      19,369      19,234         96             99      
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Federally Inspected Shell Eggs Broken, Cumulative - United States: January-November 2019 and 2020
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                                        :                 Cumulative                  :2020 as percent 
             Inspected item             :---------------------------------------------:    of 2019     
                                        :January-November 2019 :January-November 2020 :                
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                                        :      ---------- 1,000 dozen ---------            percent     
                                        :                                                              
Shell eggs broken ...................   :      2,275,119              2,050,158               90       
                                        :                                                              
                                        :      --------- 1,000 pounds ---------            percent     
                                        :                                                              
Edible product from shell eggs broken   :                                                              
Whole ..................................:      1,787,323              1,584,993               89       
White ..................................:        752,945                700,291               93       
Yolk ...................................:        378,745                354,330               94       
                                        :                                                              
Total ..................................:      2,919,013              2,639,614               90       
                                        :                                                              
Inedible product from shell eggs broken :        239,880                215,216               90       
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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. Additional revisions are published 
annually in the February report.

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@usda.gov

Travis Averill, Chief, Livestock Branch ..................................... (202) 692-0069

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, Mink, Census of Aquaculture ........... (202) 720-8784
   Fatema Haque - Turkey Hatchery, Turkeys Raised ........................... (202) 720-3244 
   Derron Martin - Chicken Hatchery, Egg Products............................ (202) 690-3237
   Adam Peters - Honey, Honey Bee Colonies .................................. (202) 690-4870
   Autumn Stone - Layers, Eggs .............................................. (202) 690-3676
   Takiyah Walker - Broiler Hatchery......................................... (202) 720-6147

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