State licensing rules relaxed for some egg sellers

Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has relaxed licensing requirements for those who sell eggs at farmers markets and roadside stands.

Under new MDA regulations, those who sell eggs directly to the consumer need only have a retail license, which costs $5 for those who sell less than 25 cases of eggs weekly.

Previously, a dealer license also was required, said Debi Kelly, University of Missouri Extension associate and state co-coordinator for the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.

The new “limited retail” license category has the same labeling requirements: Sellers must list their name and address, and the size and grade of the eggs.

The current egg law was adopted in 1955 and has changed little since that time. However, due to the increasing popularity of farmer’s markets, the state agriculture department has revised its policy, Kelly said.

The new law goes into effect immediately. Licenses are issued each July 1.

To obtain a complete copy of Missouri egg laws and regulations, go to mda.mo.gov/weights/device/egglic.php or call the MDA’s Division of Weights and Measures at 573-751-5639.

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