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What is Germ Free?

What is Germ Free?

Completely, 100% free of bacteria

  • No gut flora, no skin bacteria/fungi/parasites
  • Exceed all SPF standards for viruses & mycoplasma
  • Unique production system (ultra-level of biosecurity) for management of flocks
  • Not susceptible to disease outbreaks (full biosecurity)
  • Assured continuity of supply
  • Exceed requirements of PhEur 5.5.2 and USDA Memorandum 800.65

Germ Free Egg Production Characteristics

  • Germ Free chickens breed naturally, similar productivity to SPF parent stock
  • Hatchability meets or exceeds SPF (mean hatchability for Germ Free >82%)
  • Exceed USDA Memo 800.65 and European Pharmacopoeia requirements
  • Compliant with GMP standards

State-of-the-art Housing Environment

Maintained in microbiologically sterile environment

  • HEPA filtered positive pressure air
  • Sterilised bedding, food and water (gamma irradiation or x-ray sterilisation)
  • Housed in specialised bespoke Germ Free isolators
  • Traditional floor system of housing (no cages), meeting directive 2010/63/EU
  • Birds and eggs are kept free from bacteria (maximum biosecurity)
  • Highly automated system including egg collection & packing
  • Daily monitoring for absence of bacteria (provides instant warning of any loss of Germ Free status)

Quality Management

To ensure the highest quality of Germ Free eggs Ovagen has a comprehensive quality Management system in place to provide the highest quality and viral yield for egg based vaccine manufacture.

  • Daily monitoring for absence of bacteria provides instant results of any loss of Germ Free status
  • Germ Free eggs exceed requirements of PhEur 5.2.2 and USDA Memorandum 800.65
  • Compliant with GMP Standards