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.