Title: Egg Grading & Sales for Small Producers Exempt from Licensing Exemption Registration
Description: Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)
Creation Date: 7/11/2019 4:12:52 PM
Modification Date: 9/11/2019 7:45:08 AM
Agency Name: Agriculture (MDA), Minnesota Department of
Agency URL: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/
Agency Description: The mission of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is to enhance Minnesotans' quality of life by ensuring the integrity of our food supply, the health of our environment, and the strength of our agricultural economy.
Agency Phone: 651-201-6000
Agency Fax: Agency URL: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/
625 N. Robert Street
Division Name: Dairy and Meat Inspection
Division Phone: 651-201-6192
Division Fax: Division URL:
If you are selling eggs from your flock, you are not required to obtain a food handler's license in Minnesota. However, you are asked to register with MDA (PDF)
Sales to Grocery Stores, Farmers Markets, Restaurants, Schools, etc.
Producers must meet the requirements of Minn.Stat. Chapter 29 and Minn. Rules 1520. Basic compliance with these requirements include the following:
- CLEANING: The eggs must be cleaned by approved methods.
- CANDLED AND GRADED: All eggs must be candled and graded.
- REFRIGERATION: Eggs must be refrigerated at 45°F or less after grading and be maintained at that temperature during storage.
- PACKAGING: Containers (cartons, flats, and cases) of eggs must be labeled with the following mandatory information:
- Grade and size of the eggs.
- Your name, address and zip code.
- The statement, "Perishable. Keep Refrigerated."
- A pack date in Julian calendar (day of the year). For example: The labeling of a grade A egg packed on June 1 will have a pack date of 152.
- A freshness date not to exceed 30 days from the date of pack. The freshness date must also have an explanation such as "exp.", Best if used by or similar explanation. In the above example using June 1 as the pack date, the freshness date is July 1.
- The safe handling instructions: "To prevent illness from bacteria: keep eggs refrigerated, cook eggs until yolks are firm, and cook foods containing eggs thoroughly."
Sales Direct to Consumer from Farm Premise
Cleaning of Eggs
- Allowed by the MDA and farmers are exempt from licensing and inspection
- Must own less than 3,000 layers
- Wet cleaning using rags, sponges or other devices to scrub or wipe by hand is prohibited
- Dry cleaning with abrasive material (sandpaper) reasonably free of bacterial contamination is permitted
- To use washing equipment for cleaning of eggs, you must meet requirements outlined in Minn. Rule 1520.0500
What Type of Eggs Can Be Sold in Minnesota
- Cartons may be reused for selling eggs
- Must be clean
- Maintained in a sanitary manner
- Include labeling information pertaining to the eggs stored in the cartons
- Any claims or information not pertaining to your eggs must be covered or blackened out
- Any domesticated fowl
Forms: Egg Grading & Sales for Small Producers Exempt from Licensing Exemption Registration Form
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