The membership of the National Egg Regulatory Officials consists of State Departments of Agriculture officials involved in the shell egg and egg products regulations and programs, with affiliate members who have an interest in these programs. Examples of areas regulated by members include refrigeration of shell eggs, enforcement of quality and weight standards, enforcement of labeling and invoice requirements, sanitation standards for shell egg processing plants and third party monitoring of Egg Quality Assurance Plans. Many members have cooperative agreements with USDA to provide shell egg surveillance and egg products inspection authorized by the Egg Products Inspection Act and to provide the Agriculture Marketing Services voluntary poultry and egg grading services.
The primary objective of NERO is to promote uniform standards for quality, safety, labeling and handling of shell eggs and egg products. This ensures a safe, fresh and truthfully marketed egg supply. The National Egg Regulatory Officials conduct various activities to meet this objective.
HOW NERO WORKS:
NERO utilizes a committee structure to review relative issues and develop recommendations, which are voted on by the entire membership. These recommendations often result in the development of resolutions or model legislation for use by the member states. Standing committees include:
- Business Committee
- Federal Relations Committee
- Standards and Grades Technical Committee
- Production and Processing Technical Committee
- State Egg Laws Committee
- Membership/Communications Committee
- Industry issues related to uniformity are addressed by both NERO’s Board and the full membership.
- Members of NERO develop stronger and more uniform state programs by learning from each other and the educational components of the Annual Conference and Training Seminar.
- Our membership discusses issues related to federal programs, reaches consensus and responds to the appropriate federal agency with our position.
- The various NERO committees develop recommendations for egg regulations and policies. The full membership votes on these recommendations, which are then adopted as the model for all state egg laws.
- The members of NERO then strive to incorporate these models into their respective state’s program.