Eggs

The Egg Program licenses Egg Dealers annually. Dealers are inspected for compliance with state food safety regulations and educated in the proper care and handling of eggs.

The inspection ensures that the eggs you purchase are wholesome, fresh, and properly labeled.

Steve Blunt

Program Administrator

News

Changes to the Colorado Egg Law

Colorado now regulates the sale of other avian species eggs in addition to chicken eggs.

The Colorado Office of Policy, Research and Regulatory Reform is currently conducting a sunset review of the Egg Dealer program. Analysis is performed to determine whether the Acts are necessary and if they should be continued, modified, or repealed.  To provide input on this review, please visit: http://www.dora.state.co.us/pls/real/OPR_Review_Comments.Main 

Program Brochure: The Colorado Egg Law and You: Questions and Answers About Egg Quality & Safety


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INFORMATION ON SELLING EGGS IN COLORADO:

A person or company that sells eggs within Colorado must be licensed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) per CRS 35-21-104. Complete the Colorado Application for Egg Dealer License and submit your payment to 305 Interlocken Parkway Broomfield, CO 80021.

Egg producers with fewer than 3,000 domesticated chicken hens who sell to stores, restaurants, hospitals and other institutions must be licensed as a Class I Small-Flock Egg Producer.

Egg producers who sell their eggs directly to the consumer are exempt from licensing by CDA when fewer than 250 dozen are sold per month.

Egg producers with more than 3,000 hens must be licensed as a Class II through Class VII Egg Dealer depending on the number of eggs sold per week. Those Large Flock Egg Producers are subject to the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Shell Egg Surveillance Program inspections. Contact Kellie Anderson at the USDA Ag Marketing Services at (303) 288-2451 or kellie.anderson@ams.usda.gov for further information.

CDA inspects egg producers, retailers and wholesalers to ensure product wholesomeness, and to verify truth and completeness in labeling. A producer inspection involves the washing, sanitizing, candling, grading, packing and storage procedures in use for compliance with good manufacturing practices for food producers. Go to the Egg Producers webpage for more details on the on-farm inspections.

Please contact our office at (303) 869-9103 for any further questions.

Forms & Downloads

According to the Colorado Egg Act (C.R.S. 35-21-104) "Every person selling poultry eggs within this state shall obtain a dealer's license for each place where such business is conducted."

Please note that any person who produces and sells less than 40 cases per week is exempted from licensing with the State of Colorado.

1.   Download, complete and print the Egg Dealer License Application.

  • Recent changes to the Colorado Egg Act require the Colorado Department of Agriculture to regulate the sale of other avian species eggs such as duck, turkey, quail and guinea hens in addition to chicken shell eggs. Producers of other avian species eggs must comply with current eggs regulations such as licensing, storage/transport, temperatures, cleaning/sanitizing eggs, using egg cartons that are labeled in accordance with the rules. Eggs from other avian species are not required to be graded or sized.
  • If you are a small-flock egg producer with fewer than 3000 birds, mark the box for Class I and answer the questions on the second page of the application.

  • If this is the first time the business is applying for an Egg Dealer License, mark the box for Class II.

  • The Dealer license classes are based upon the average number of cases of eggs sold per week during the previous 12 months.  One case of eggs contains 30 dozen.

  • License periods run from January 1 to December 31 each year and the license must be renewed annually. The license fee cannot be prorated for partial years.

2.   Mark the box that accurately describes your firm's egg sales history and note the fee due for that license class.

3.   Return your completed application with a check for the appropriate fee to our mailing address:

Colorado Department of Agriculture
Inspection & Consumer Services Division \ Eggs Program
305 Interlocken Parkway
Broomfield, CO 80021

Related Links

American Egg Board

  • Everything you would want to know about eggs from recipes, nutrition information and preparation to food borne illnesses to be aware of.

United Egg Producers

  • An egg producers cooperative.

USDA Egg Marketing Service

  • The USDA Poultry program offers marketing information.

Laws and Regulations

Colorado Revised Statutes are made available for public use by the Committee on Legal Services of the Colorado General Assembly through a contractual arrangement with the LexisNexis Group. Any person wishing to reprint and distribute all or a substantial part of the statutes in either printed or electronic format must obtain prior permission of the Committee on Legal Services; permission is not required to reprint fewer than 200 sections of C.R.S. (please see §2-5-118, C.R.S.).

The Lexis Nexis website is the only official source of the Colorado Revised Statutes.

Instructions on using Lexis Nexis

Title 35, Article 21: Eggs Law, Sections 35-21-101 to 35-21-108

FAQs 

Q:   What do the different egg grades mean?

A:   

Grade AA

The AA egg will stand up tall. The yolk is firm and the area cover by the white is small. There is a large proportion of thick white to thin white.

Large Egg

Grade A

The A egg cover a relatively small area. The yolk is round and upstanding. The thick white is large in proportion to the thin white and stands fairly will around the yolk.

Medium Egg

Grade B

The B egg spreads out more. The yolk is flattened and there is about as much or more thin white as thick white.

Small Egg

 

Q:   What are the regulations governing poultry processing?

A:   Click the hyperlink to view a PDF outlining the state licensing requirements for poultry processing.

Q:   What sizes do eggs come in?

A:   Eggs sizes are Jumbo, Extra Large, Large, Medium, Small and Peewee. Medium, Large and Extra Large are the most common eggs.

Q:   How is the sizing determined?

A:   Sizes are classified according to minimum net weight expressed in ounces per dozen.

EGG SIZE OZ. PER DOZEN
Jumbo 30
Extra-Large 27
Large 24
Medium 21
Small 18
Peewee 15
Q:   How do I read the carton expiration date?

A:   Egg cartons from USDA-inspected plants must display a Julian date - the date the eggs were packed. Though not required, they may also carry an expiration date beyond which the eggs should not be sold. IN USDA-inspected plants, this date can not exceed 30 days after the pack date. It may be less through choice of the packer or quantity purchaser such as your local supermarket chain. Plants not under USDA inspection are governed by laws of their states.

Q:   What is a Julian date?

A:   Starting with January 1 as number 1 and ending with December 31 as 365, these numbers represent the consecutive days of the year. This numbering system is sometimes used on egg cartons to denote the day the eggs are packed. Fresh shell eggs can be stored in their cartons in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 weeks beyond this date with insignificant quality loss.

Q:   How important is freshness?

A:   As an egg ages, the white becomes thinner and the yolk becomes flatter. These changes do not have any great effect on the nutritional quality of the egg or its functional cooking properties in recipes. Appearance may be affected though. When poached or fried, the fresher the egg, the more it will hold its shape rather than spread out in the pan. On the other hand, if you hard cook eggs that are at least a week old, you'll find them easier to peel after cooking and cooling than fresher eggs.

Q:   How should eggs be stored?

A:   It is best to store eggs on an inside shelf in the refrigerator. The carton keeps the eggs from picking up odors and flavors from other foods and helps prevent moisture loss. Fresh uncooked eggs can be kept in the carton for at least 4 to 5 weeks beyond the pack date.

Q:   Where can I get more information?

A:   You can contact our office for more information or the American Egg Board website.

Contact Us

Steve Blunt

Program Administrator
steve.blunt@state.co.us
Phone Number: (303) 869-9098
Fax Number: (303) 466-2860

 

Lindsay Nelson

Administrative Assistant
lindsay.e.nelson@state.co.us
Phone Number: (303) 869-9103