Throughout the entire egg packing process, we adhere to the Bord Bia quality assurance scheme standards.
This quality assurance scheme is in place to ensure that all eggs produced, packed and distributed for customer use is of the highest possible standard, are produced in an environmental sensitive way and are fully traceable.
We work with our suppliers and ensure that they are fully compliant and our internal Quality Control department conduct monthly audits to maintain ongoing quality.
Our packing centre is both Bord Bia approved and BRC Grade A standard approved. This means that our production and packing systems incorporate high standards in all aspects of the business from supplier quality, health and safety, hygiene practices, food safety regulations and environment practices.
Part of the quality assurance scheme ensures that each pack of eggs is labelled so that the individual production house and packing centre can be identified. Additionally, each individual egg is stamped with identifying information. Check out our egg labeling guide for more information.
Eggs are quality checked using a candling machine with highlights any shell cracks or other issues and then graded via a grading machine. Any eggs which don’t reach the high quality requirements are removed from the packing process and used in further processing or destroyed.
Bord Bia quality assurance scheme
Overall, the key aspects of the Bord Bia quality assurance scheme are highlighted below but you can read the full requirements on the Bord Bia website »
- Full electronic traceability from individual production house to your table
- Hygiene and Good Manufacturing Practice policy in place
- Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Plan must be in place
- All equipment used on the packing process is properly maintained and serviced
- All producers and eggs are disease free
- Approved feeds are used in each production house
- Quality testing of each batch of eggs received from production house
- Eggs are stored in a suitable location and at the suitable temperature
Organic Trust Members
Our organic farms and eggs are subject to additional quality standards. The organic farms and the packaging facility are a certified member of the Organic Trust. In order to maintain this certification, all organic farms must adhere to the following practices:
- All feed stock must be at least 95% organic
- No GMO feeds
- The farm land itself is certified organic for at least 2 years
- Prohibition of preventative veterinary practices, meaning the hens are not given antibiotics or any other treatment unless they are actually ill.
- Housing density are lower than other egg production systems
Nest Box has secured Enterprise Ireland support towards the recruitment of a Production Manager to manage the value added processing facility in Lough Egish. The company needed a key manager with skills and experience in Food Production to manage the processing plant and play a key strategic role in the overall decision making process in Nest Box. A Production Manager commenced employment and is contributing to improvements in productivity.