De Dutch partners with Egg Farmers of Canada to bring certification to Western Canada

De Dutch partners with Egg Farmers of Canada to bring Egg Quality Assurance™ certification to its restaurants throughout western Canada. (CNW Group/Egg Farmers of Canada)

OTTAWA — Egg Farmers of Canada announces 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.

“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. The Canadian egg safety and quality standard and the EQA® certification program verifies that regulations for eggs 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 eggs with added confidence, providing a recognizable sign for consumers.