Accreditation of a Commercial Egg Producer - Tasmania

Service summary

You will require this accreditation if you intend to become a commercial egg producer. Commercial egg producers or egg businesses are defined as businesses which keep birds to produce eggs for human consumption and are involved in one or more of the following activities:

  • sale or supply of eggs to a food business (e.g. corner shop, cafe, restaurants, canteens or another egg business)
  • sale or supply of eggs at a market
  • sale or supply of eggs by wholesale.

The production threshold for full accreditation is 20 dozen eggs, approximately the equivalent of keeping 50 egg laying birds.

Commercial egg producers are considered to fall into 2 categories:

  • category 1: unaccredited (small) egg producer, producing fewer than 20 dozen eggs per week
  • category 2: accredited egg producer, producing 20 dozen or more eggs per week.

If you are a Category 1 producer you will not be required to hold an accreditation or pay for annual food safety audits. However you will be required to register with the Agency and comply with the relevant standard, including stamping eggs with a unique identification mark.

If you are a Category 2 producer then you will require full accreditation and must have in place an approved food safety program which is independently audited at least once every 12 months. Accredited producers must comply with the relevant standard and are required to stamp eggs with a unique identifier.

Please note that small backyard egg producers with less than 20 egg producing birds who produce eggs on their property primarily for home consumption but may occasionally sell or barter excess eggs directly to friends, family or neighbours are exempt from the requirement for accreditation and compliance with the relevant standard.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this accreditation, you must:

  • if required, prepare and implement a food safety program under the Egg Food Safety Scheme
  • provide any information required by the Agency
  • complete the relevant form
  • if required, allow the Chief Inspector to make any inspections of premises, plant or equipment as deemed necessary
  • pay the required fee.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

Up to 12 months.

Expiry

30 June.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$542.50
Licence$271.25Accredited egg producer employing less than 5 full-time egg handlers.
Licence$542.50

Accredited egg producer employing between 5 and 50 full-time egg handlers.

Licence$1,162.50

Accredited egg producer employing more than 50 full-time egg handlers.

TransferTransfer$465.00
VaryVariation$387.50If the variation does not involve the approval or variation of an egg food safety program.
Variation$465.00

If the variation involves the variation of an approved egg food safety program for the accreditation.

Variation$465.00

If the variation involves the approval of a new egg food safety program for the accreditation that is in addition to, or in substitution of, an existing egg food safety program for the accreditation.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Biosecurity Tasmania
Food Safety Branch

Act(s) name

Primary Produce Safety Act 2011 (Tasmania)

Regulation(s) name

Primary Produce Safety (Egg) Regulations 2014 (Tasmania)

Contact details

Enquiries, Food Safety Program - Eggs
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Biosecurity Tasmania
Food Safety Branch


Mailing address:
PO BOX 46
Kings Meadows, Tasmania 7249

Phone:

1300 368 550

Phone:

03 6777 2174

Fax:

03 6343 2833
Egg.Enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Supporting information

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