Originally Posted by song of joy
Yes, I think there are different rules for small flocks vs larger-scale commercial sales. However, I haven't looked into the rules for larger-scale commercial sales. I agree that what you're buying direct from a local farm is probably much fresher. Here's the link for small-scale sales in PA: http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/gateway/PTARGS_0_2_24476_10297_0_43/AgWebsite/Files/Publications/EGGS%20From%20SMALL%20FLOCK%20producers.pdf
The rules seem pretty reasonable and straight-forward to me. It's what I'd want to know if I were buying eggs from someone (name, date of eggs) and how I'd want the eggs kept (refrigerated). It certainly doesn't guarantee against fraud . . . like someone intentionally mislabeling and selling you unrefrigerated eggs that are a month old . . . but as a consumer I think it's helpful.
Oh boy lol... I could BATHE in all the gray areas in that document!!!
For instance, I LOVE how its worded, " IF
you have less than 300 hens, and sell within 5 days,
and sell within a 100 mile radius, the following rules apply "
etc... (I misquoted it, but I couldn't copy and paste off a PDF for some dumb reason lol)...
And then it goes into RETAIL rules, like it was an added thought... Oh that's gotta be a headache
CERTIFIED organic takes a lot of tedious paperwork and dating packages and eggs, but even THAT isn't quite so... Vague and misleading lol
Edit* I think those are actually just retail rules for producers... Worded like it anyway...
I just have to laugh... What IF
I don't WANT to sell them within 5 days? None of the rules apply? Edited by shortgrass - 11/3/15 at 4:32pm