USDA makes $11.7m egg purchase

Shell eggs and egg products to be purchased for surplus removal.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced plans Aug. 24 to purchase shell eggs and egg products for surplus removal.

Chad Gregory, president and chief executive officer of the United Egg Producers (UEP), said, “At a time when egg farmers and processors are experiencing some of the lowest prices in years," UEP thanks USDA "for authorizing a bonus buy of eggs and egg products.”

Gregory added that the $11.7 million purchase by USDA will help hungry American families and other vulnerable populations by deploying a high-quality source of affordable protein where it is needed most.

“We are also pleased USDA will purchase both shell eggs and processed egg products. This balanced approach will be beneficial at a difficult time for the egg farming community,” Gregory noted.

A solicitation will be issued in the near future, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) said in a notice.

All offers must be submitted electronically through the Web-Based Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) website at http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?navid=WBSCM. Offers submitted by any means other than WBSCM will be considered non-responsive.

Offerors are urged to review all documents as they pertain to this program, including the AMS Master Solicitation for Commodity Procurements dated April 2015; Amendment 1 to the Master Solicitation dated June 2015; Amendment 2 to the Master Solicitation dated May 2016; the applicable Commodity Specification(s) identified in the subsequent Solicitation(s), and the Qualification Requirements for Prospective Contractors Selling Commodities to USDA dated October 2014. These documents are available on the AMS Commodity Procurement website at http://www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food.

Offerors must read all terms of the applicable solicitation(s) when issued. To receive electronic (email) notification of the issuance of these solicitations, see the “Stay up to date on USDA Food Purchases" link available on the AMS Commodity Procurement website.

Inquiries may be made by contacting the Contracting Officer, Commodity Procurement Staff, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, Room 3522 South Building, Washington, DC 20250; telephone (202) 720- 4517. An electronic version of this program announcement can be found at the Commodity Procurement website: http://www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food.

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