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Poultry farmers who wish to sell shell eggs from their production to grocery stores, restaurants, boarding houses, and other food service institutions, must meet certain requirements relating to food safety prior to sale. These requirements do not apply to farmers who sell eggs from their premises for direct sale to the ultimate consumer.
Eggs sold to grocery stores and restaurants must meet the requirements of Minnesota Statutes 29 and Minnesota Rules 1520. Copies of the statute and rules are available from the Revisor of Statutes website.
Basic compliance with these requirements includes the following:
Farmers who sell only eggs from their production are exempted from obtaining a food handler license. However, they must register with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Meat, Poultry and Egg Inspection program at (651) 201-6027
This fact sheet was originally authored in 2003 by Lynn Mader as part of a project coordinated by Pride of the Prairie, a collaborative project of area farmers and citizens; Land Stewardship Project; University of Minnesota-Morris; University of Minnesota Extension Service; West Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership; and the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture was a partner in the project, and financial support was provided by the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Professional Development Program (SARE PDP). The fact sheet was updated in July 2006 by Kevin Elfering, head of the Dairy and Food Inspection Division at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. (651) 201-6027