What is a Small Egg Production Operation?
A “Small Egg Operator” is a person that is engaged in the operation of egg production who maintains annually five-hundred or fewer birds and wishes to sell the resulting eggs from a location other than from the location where the eggs were produced.
Do You Need a License?
No. A small egg processor is not assessed a fee from the ODA for the registration, but you will be issued a certificate of registration which may be presented to any interested party to support the approved source requirement.
There will be a mobile retail inspection fee assessed from the local health department if you wish to pursue sales at a farmers’ market.
For mobile retail licensing, contact Samantha Wantz at email@example.com or call 740-454-9741, ext. 293.
The ODA will ensure that…
- Labeling requirements are being met.
- Eggs are maintained in refrigeration at 45°F or less.
- Homes that are served by a private well, must be tested annually for coliform bacteria. Proof of the well test result must be provided to the inspector.
- Labels should be available for review at the time of inspection.
To arrange for an inspection, contact the ODA Division of Food Safety by phone at 1-800-282-1955, Ext. 4366 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are the Labeling Requirements?
The requirements for carton labeling are as follows:
- The name and address of the operation.
- An accurate statement of the quantity of the contents.
- The date the eggs were packed into the egg carton.
- Labeled “ungraded” or “unclassified.”
- Labeled “mixed size.”
- The safe handling statement (see below):
“SAFE HANDLING INSTRUCTIONS: To prevent illness from bacteria keep eggs refrigerated, cook eggs until yolks are firm, and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly.”
NOTE: Cartons may be reused, however all original non-pertinent information must be defaced and replaced with proper labeling. Reused cartons should be in sound condition and free of any visible dirt.
Where Can You Sell Eggs?
- Properly labeled eggs may be sold from your farm, from a farmers’ market that you own/operate, or a farm product auction without any inspection.
- To sell eggs to a retailer, restaurant or at a farmers’ market, the processor must register with the ODA Division of Food Safety to be considered an “approved source.”
- May also need to obtain a mobile retail license from the Health Department.
To contact the ODA Division of Food Safety call 1-800-282-1955, Ext. 4366 or email at email@example.com.
For mobile retail licensing, call Samantha Wantz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 740-454-9741, ext. 293.
NOTE: A small egg processor that is registered with the ODA must also license with their local health department to sell eggs at a farmers’ market.