|Page updated/verified: Aug 02, 2013
Program Manager: Lucy Severs
Phone: (360) 902-1876 or Click here for more information
The Egg Safety section of the Washington State Department of
Agriculture (WSDA) Food Safety Program serves the public and the egg
industry through enforcing state and federal laws and regulations to
assure a safe food source and a stable marketplace.
- Farmers Markets & Direct to Retail
- On-Farm Sales & CSA
- Shell Egg Producer Guidelines for Off-Farm Sales
Egg Safety is dedicated to enhancing food safety and egg
quality by concentrating on inspection and technical assistance.
We continually assess changing needs; dedicating our resources
to critical areas and needs.
Our cooperative work with USDA (AMS) Poultry Programs, Grading
Branch builds on past history to meet the needs of our stakeholders.
Farmers Markets & Direct to Retail
Farmers selling eggs (from a chicken, goose, turkey, duck,
guinea, or any species of fowl) at farmers markets and through
direct to retail sales (i.e. restaurants and grocery stores)
must comply with the requirements of RCW 69.25 and be licensed
through the Washington State Department of Revenue (WSDOR) as
an Egg Handler/Dealer. Local health districts have jurisdiction
over farmers markets in their areas and may conduct market
inspections to assure vendor compliance with local rules and
Direct to retail sales also require obtaining Egg Seals from
the Washington State Department of Agriculture.
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On-Farm Sales & CSA
Poultry or egg producers may sell eggs from their own flocks
directly to the end consumer from the place of production
without the purchase of an Egg Handler/Dealer License or Egg
Seals from WSDA
Shell eggs are a perishable food and must be handled
properly with care under cold and sanitary conditions to assure
Shell Egg Producer Guidelines For Off-Farm Sales
These Guidelines are intended for Shell Egg Producers who sell
eggs off the farm and are USDA Exempt (flocks of 3,000 or fewer
hens). The requirements are basic in design and cost to enable
the 3,000 or fewer hen egg producers to put shell eggs into
commerce while maintaining Good Manufacturing Practices. It is
understood that as the egg production increases, the complexity
of the operation may increase and require additional facilities
and/or equipment to maintain Good Manufacturing Practices.
Click Here to view the full guidelines on off-farm sales
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