|Page updated/verified: Apr 10, 2013
Program Manager: Lucy Severs
A Washington State Egg Handler/Dealer License is required for businesses or persons that produce, handle, contract for, or obtain possession or control of eggs for sale to wholesalers, dealers or retailers within or into Washington; or for processing and sale to wholesalers, dealers, retailers, foodservice, institutional consumers, or consumers within or into Washington.
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Licensing & fees
Department of Revenue issues the "Egg Handler/Dealer" license.
Business Licensing Service
Marketers need to obtain:
Note: Egg producers who sell eggs from their own flocks at the place of production directly to consumers for their own personal use are not required to be licensed or buy egg seals.
Egg Inspection Program Investigators under cooperative agreement with the U S Department of Agriculture complete quarterly Shell Egg Surveillance Inspections of shell egg packaging operations with more than 3,000 bird flocks and hatcheries to assure compliance with requirements of the U S Egg Products Inspection Act. All producer packers with 3,000 birds, grading stations, and hatcheries are required to be registered and inspected quarterly/annually. Additional investigations are conducted into alleged violations of the federal act, on an as needed basis. Program investigators are trained and licensed by USDA to complete these investigations.
Paste-on seals can be purchased for $2.68 for 1,000 dozen from the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Payment to the department is required prior to delivery.
To obtain the Egg Seal order form, open the link below or contact the WSDA Egg Inspection Program at (360) 902-1876.
Egg Handlers or Dealers can pay assessments on a monthly basis in lieu of purchasing or imprinting egg seals.
This can be accomplished by acquiring an assessment number from the department. This number is required to appear on all shell egg containers marketed in the state of Washington. (WAC 16-108-040)
Prior to the issue of this number to firms, it is necessary to request in writing your firm's desire to pay monthly assessments in lieu of the use and purchase of egg seals. Upon being granted a permit and number under agreement a firm's records are then subject to audit by the department, with all audit fees incurred to be paid by the firm. (RCW 69.25.270)
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