Accreditation of a Commercial Egg Producer - Tasmania

Description

You will need this accreditation if you intend to become a commercial egg producer. Commercial egg producers or egg businesses keep birds to produce eggs for human consumption and are also 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 per week, 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 need to hold an accreditation or pay for annual food safety audits. However, you need 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 need 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 need to stamp eggs with a unique identifier.

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:

  • prepare and implement a food safety program under the Egg Food Safety Scheme
  • allow the Chief Inspector to make any inspections of premises, plant or equipment as deemed necessary.

Duration

Up to twelve months

Expiry

30 June

Fees

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Task Type Business Structure Description
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Fee information is in the attached fee resource.

Act(s) name

Primary Produce Safety Act 2011 Tasmania

Regulation(s) name

Primary Produce Safety (Egg) Regulations 2014 Tasmania

Additional information

You will need to comply with Australian Consumer Law labelling requirements if you intend to market your eggs as 'free range'.
Small backyard egg producers with less than 20 egg-laying birds on their property primarily for home consumption but who may occasionally sell or barter excess eggs directly to friends, family or neighbours, do not need accreditation and comply with the relevant standard.

Administering agency

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Biosecurity Tasmania

Food Safety Branch

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Food Safety Program - Eggs

Food Safety Branch

Biosecurity Tasmania

Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

Tasmania
Mailing address: PO BOX 46
Kings Meadows, Tasmania 7249
Phone: 03 6777 2174
Phone: 1300 368 550
Fax: 03 6343 2833
Email: Egg.Enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au