Revision of state egg rules announced

A newly proposed rule revision related to eggs that was approved by ag board members last week won’t put an end to the handwritten signs at the end of Wisconsin driveways that proclaim “fresh eggs for sale.” Steve Ingham, administrator of the Food Safety Division at the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, said Wisconsin produces about 1.4 percent of the nation’s eggs. While that may seem like a small percentage, it ranks the state 18th and translates to about 1.28 billion eggs (in 2011 data).

The board agreed to move ahead with the first steps in revision of the state’s egg grading, handling and labeling regulations and revision (if necessary) of other rules that may deal with flock health and sanitation at the farm level; grading sanitation and temperature control, packaging and labeling at egg processing facilities; and safe transportation, handling and storage of eggs for retail sale.

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