MADISON – A new egg sales law, Act 245, will reduce the
licensing burden on small-scale producers, making it
easier for them to sell eggs in the marketplace.
new law, signed by Gov. Scott Walker last week, is
effective immediately, according to the Wisconsin
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer
245 exempts small-scale egg producers who sell eggs
directly from the farm to consumers, either
markets or on egg sales routes, from having to acquire a
food processing plant license for egg collection and
packing activities, according to the statement.
Small-scale producers are those with 150 birds or fewer.
“Even though the new law allows small-scale producers to
sell their eggs without a food processing plant license,
they still are required to have a retail food
establishment license to sell their eggs at farmers’
markets and on egg sales routes,” said Steve Ingham,
administrator of DATCP’s
division of food
safety. “They still have to meet some basic food safety
producer rules, which implement the new law, are
currently being revised, according to the statement. The
rule-revision process will not only address
implementation of the new law, but will also make
several other changes to help egg producers easily
understand regulatory agency expectations.
rule-revision process involves a series of public
hearings to get input from those that are directly
affected. The hearings are likely to take place this
summer, according to the statement