Everything You Need to Get Your Egg Business Certified to Sell

Getting certified to sell eggs typically involves several steps to ensure that you are following health and safety regulations, as well as providing consumers with high-quality products. Here are the general steps most farm businesses take to get started on their journey:

  1. Research and Regulations:
    • Start by researching the regulations and requirements for selling eggs in your specific location. Regulations can vary by country, state, and even local municipality. This blog links to state egg regulations.
  2. Construct a Suitable Facility:
    • If needed, build or renovate a facility for housing your chickens. Ensure it meets local zoning and health department regulations.
  3. Select the Right Chicken Breeds:
    • Choose chicken breeds that are known for good egg production, such as Rhode Island Reds or Leghorns.
  4. Purchase or Raise Your Chickens:
    • Acquire your chickens either by purchasing them from a reputable breeder or by raising them from chicks via hatching eggs.
  5. Implement Proper Chicken Care:
    • Ensure your chickens have proper nutrition, access to clean water, and appropriate living conditions. Regularly clean and maintain the coop.
  6. Implement Biosecurity Measures:
    • Develop a biosecurity plan to prevent diseases from spreading among your flock. This may include quarantine procedures for new birds and disinfection protocols.
  7. Food Safety and Egg Handling:
    • Train yourself and any employees on proper food safety and egg handling practices to prevent contamination. This includes cleanliness, storage, and refrigeration guidelines.
  8. Egg Collection and Grading:
    • Collect eggs regularly and inspect them for quality. Grade the eggs according to local standards, if applicable. We offer egg grading stamps as well as no grade/no size cartons for producers who do not grade their eggs.
  9. Packaging and Labeling:
    • Package eggs in clean, appropriate containers and label them with your business name, contact information, and any required information about egg size, grade, and expiration date.
  10. Apply for Permits and Certifications:
    • Contact your local health department or agriculture department to inquire about the necessary permits and certifications for egg sales. This may include:
    • Farm Registration: Register your farm as a food-producing establishment.
    • Egg Handler’s License: In some areas, you may need a specific license to handle and sell eggs.
    • Inspections: Prepare for inspections by local health authorities or agricultural inspectors.
  11. Record Keeping:
    • Maintain thorough records of your egg production, sales, and any relevant documents. A paper trail is often a requirement for certification.
  12. Regular Inspections and Compliance:
    • Ensure that you continue to meet all regulatory requirements and undergo regular inspections if necessary.
  13. Continuous Learning:
    • Stay informed about changes in regulations and best practices in egg production to maintain certification.

Remember that the specific steps and requirements can vary widely depending on your location and the scale of your egg-selling operation. For more in-depth information by state, check out this blog. Consulting with local authorities and seeking guidance from experienced egg producers in your area can be incredibly valuable as you navigate the certification process.