Egg Laws by State

Below is a comprehensive list of resources regarding eggs and the sale of eggs in each state throughout the U.S. If you click on your state’s link(s) you may have to do a little searching on the webpage, because there is not always an obvious place where the regulations are outlined. This list is as up-to-date as the information available online and NERO encourages you to familiarize yourself with your state’s laws before raising chickens or selling eggs. Since states often update their websites, if you find a broken link or newer information, please let us know so that NERO can keep this page updated with the latest laws and regulations.

Alabama
Code of Alabama – Title 2: Agriculture – Section 2-12-1 – Definitions
Alabama Department of Agriculture Animal Industry Administrative Code

Alaska
Alaska Shell Egg Regulation
Safe Egg Handling for Small Egg Laying Flocks and Operations

Arizona
Title 3 – Agriculture
Article 9 – Egg and Egg Products Control

Arkansas
Arkansas Eggs Marketing Act

California
California Food and Agricultural Code
Egg Safety and Quality Management Program

Colorado
Colorado Egg Rules:  8-CCR-1202-10
Colorado Egg Program Laws and Regulations
Colorado Department of Agriculture

Connecticut
Voluntary Small Shell Egg Processing Plant Inspection Program Compliance Guide

Delaware
Title 3 – Chapter 35 – Eggs

Florida
2013 Florida Statutes
Rule Chapter 5K-6

Georgia
Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia

Hawaii
Chapter 147 – Grades and Standards

Idaho
Idaho Statutes – Chapter 15: Eggs and Egg Products

Illinois
Eggs and Egg Product Inspections

Indiana
Department of Egg Inspection

Iowa
Chapter 36 – Egg Handlers

Kansas
Kansas Egg Law

Kentucky
Egg Marketing and Licensing

Louisiana
Part V – Advertising, Marketing, and Processing

Maine
Revised Statutes

Maryland
Federal and State Shell Egg, Meat, and Poultry Regulations
Maryland Department of Agriculture

Massachusetts
License to Break and Can Eggs (Click on next section to move through the law.)

Michigan
Eggs – Act 244 of 1963
Becoming a Michigan Licensed Shell Egg Processor

Minnesota
Chapter 29 – Poultry, Eggs
Chapter 1520 – Poultry and Eggs

Mississippi
Laws – Consumer Protection
Mississippi Code of 1972 (Click on Mississippi Code, Title 69, Chapter 7, Articles 5-7.)

Missouri
Egg Licensing and Inspection

Montana
Rule Chapter: 32.12

Nebraska
Nebraska Poultry and Egg Marketing Regulations
Nebraska Graded Egg Act

Nevada
Chapter 583 – Meat, Fish, Produce, Poultry, and Eggs

New Hampshire
Chapter 428: Poultry and Poultry Products
Guidelines for Selling Shell Eggs

New Jersey
Title 4 – Agriculture and Domestic Animals
Administrative Code (Click on NJ Administrative Code, Title 2, Chapter 71, Subchapter 1.)

New Mexico
Grades, Standards, and Reports for Shell Eggs
Egg Grading Act
Egg Inspection Fees

New York
New York Department of Agriculture

North Carolina
North Carolina Egg Law

North Dakota
Chapter 19-07 Eggs
Egg Regulations

Ohio
Chapter 925: Marketing

Oklahoma
Poultry and Egg Section
Subchapter 1. Eggs

Oregon
Division 22: Eggs

Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Selling Eggs in Pennsylvania

Rhode Island
Chapter 21-17 Eggs
Rules and Regulations Relating to Shell Eggs

South Carolina
Chapter 39: Eggs and Baby Chicks
Grading and Inspection Program

South Dakota
Article 12:26 – Eggs and Egg Products
Chapter 39-11 – Eggs and Egg Products

Tennessee
Egg Rules and Regulations
License Required to Deal in Eggs

Texas
Chapter 15 – Egg Law
Chapter 132 – Eggs

Utah
Utah Egg Marketing Order
Grading and Inspection Program

Vermont
Chapter 27 – Eggs
Code of Vermont Rules (The Code reflects changes current through 3/9/11, Agency 20, Sub-Agency 11, Chapter 5.)

Virginia
Chapter 53 – Eggs and Hatchery Products
Rules and Regulations Defining Standards for Grades/Sizes of Shell Eggs

Washington
Egg Guidelines

West Virginia
West Virginia Egg Marketing Law of 1998
Series 7A – Marketing of Eggs Rule (Note, if link does not work automatically, try copying and pasting into browser.)

Wisconsin
Egg Grading, Handling and Labeling

Wyoming
Wyoming Food Safety Rule (All laws pertaining to eggs are contained within the food rule for the State of Wyoming.)

 

 

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