County inspectors enforce state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to eggs and egg products. Inspectors are licensed by the federal government as well as by the state. These inspections ensure wholesome eggs as well as correct size and truthful labeling.
Anyone engaged in the production, sales, or handling of shell eggs or egg products in California must register with CDFA's Egg Safety and Quality Management Program, or directly download the Egg Handlers Form (PDF). Due to changes in law, the Egg Handlers Registration is now an annual fee. Please contact CDFA's Egg Safety and Quality Management Program for details.
Labeling: Consumer-grade packages or containers of eggs must state all of the following: name, address, zip code, size, grade, quantity, the words "keep refrigerated," and either the U.SDA plant of origin code number, the U.SDA Shell Egg Surveillance number, (if applicable) or California state handler code, sell-by date, Julian date of pack (the consecutive day of the year that the eggs were packed, in Julian date format. Example-The Julian date for January 1 is 001, the Julian date for December 31 is 365).
Quality: All shell eggs shall be graded and sized. The established grades of eggs are: AA, A, and B. The established sizes of eggs are: pee-wee, small, medium, large, extra large, and jumbo.
Refrigeration: Shell eggs must be maintained at a temperature of 45° Fahrenheit or less.
Defects: Shell eggs for human consumption must not exceed the tolerances for defects such as checks, leakers, dirty eggs, inedible or loss eggs.