Food safety for egg producers
The information on this page is for egg producers (chickens, ducks and quail) who sell eggs for human consumption. It will help you understand how to produce safe eggs and meet your legal obligations.
If you produce eggs for sale or supply you must comply with the Victorian Food Act 1984 and the national Primary Production and Processing Standard for Eggs and Egg Product (the standard).
The standard aims to reduce food safety hazards associated with the primary production and processing (pulping) of eggs. It covers chicken, duck and quail eggs produced for human consumption and all egg producers from large scale commercial to small 'home' producers.
Requirements for egg producers
The standard includes a requirement to stamp individual eggs. In Victoria there is an exemption from this requirement for producers with fewer than 50 eggs and for duck and quail eggs.
Victoria has a Property Identification Code (PIC) scheme for livestock traceability and biosecurity purposes. The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is using this scheme to allocate producers with their egg stamp code (follow the 'apply for a Poultry PIC here' link) and to meet the requirement to notify DEDJTR.
Please note that if you have more than 100 birds you are legally required to have a PIC under the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994.
Producers with fewer than 50 egg producing birds (home producer)
- You must identify and control the food safety hazards associated with egg production. Some record keeping is also required.
- We have developed an educational pamphlet Producing safe eggs at home to help you understand how to produce safe eggs and meet your legal obligations.
- You need only notify us if you want an egg stamp code (follow the 'apply for a Poultry PIC here' link).
Producers with 50 or more egg producing birds
- You must have and follow a DEDJTR approved food safety management statement OR be part of an approved industry or commercial quality assurance (QA) program.
- We have produced a resource document Food safety for egg producers that includes guidance material for safe egg production, a food safety management statement template (plus a worked example) and templates for record keeping.
- You are required to notify us with your business details by applying for a Poultry PIC.
Register with your local council if you sell eggs directly to the public off farm
If you sell eggs directly to the public from places other than your farm, such as a stall or at a market, you must:
- register with your council or obtain permission; and
- lodge a Food Act statement of trade with each council in whose district you will be operating. This tells the council where and when you will be trading. You can do this online.
What is our role?
The department is responsible for regulating the standard for on farm food safety activities including the sale of eggs at farm gate. Off farm activities such as retail sales and off farm processing (pasteurising/drying) remains the responsibility of local councils.