OTTAWA – Egg Farmers of Canada is pleased to announce a partnership with De Dutch who are now featuring the Egg Quality Assurance™ (EQA®) certification mark on their menus within their restaurants throughout British Columbia and Alberta. These efforts demonstrate De Dutch’s commitment to sourcing top-quality, local products, produced to high-standards and the importance they place on supporting Canadian farmers and by extension, other local businesses.
“We’re thrilled that De Dutch is embracing the EQA® certification mark, showcasing their dedication to sourcing fresh, high-quality Canadian eggs,” said Roger Pelissero, Chair of Egg Farmers of Canada. “The support that De Dutch has shown for Canada’s local farmers who work hard every day to produce eggs to world-class standards is sincere and helps spotlight how, in an age where we want to know where our food comes from, made-in-Canada food is valued and sought by discerning customers. The leadership of De Dutch in embracing EQA® serves as an example to others looking to build trust with their customers, work with Canadian suppliers and strengthen the connection between what’s produced at the local farm level and what’s served up at their restaurants.”
“De Dutch’s mission, to ‘earn tomorrow’s guests today’ is bounded by our commitment to upholding quality of food – and quality food is something that our customers have come to expect,” said Bill Waring, president of De Dutch. “Sourcing local, sustainably-sourced Canadian products such as eggs and supporting our community’s farmers in the process is a natural extension of this commitment and our overall mission. We are proud to work with our suppliers and organizations like Egg Farmers of Canada, who continue to uphold leading food safety and animal welfare standards.”
The EQA® certification mark, developed by Egg Farmers of Canada, is part of an industry-wide program, which includes on-farm inspections and third-party audits. Canada is known for having some of the highest standards in the world for egg safety and quality and the EQA® certification program verifies that those standards are maintained. For restaurants and retailers, the EQA® certification mark on egg cartons, menus or product packages gives customers the information they need to enjoy Canadian eggs with added confidence, providing an instantly recognizable sign that their eggs are from Canada and are of the highest quality.Source : Egg Farmers of Canada