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Selling to restaurants or health food stores

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Twoandhelp, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. Twoandhelp

    Twoandhelp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2015
    Have yall ever sold to health food stores? I called all my governing agencies and they don't regulate quail so they said there's no inspection or anything required by them.

    But how do you get in? I feel awkward just calling and saying "hey I have quail eggs, can I sell em to you?" But maybe that's how I do it?

    Anyone? And advise on prices? The only fancy pants grocery store around that sells them prices them at .65 cents per egg.
  2. sideWing

    sideWing Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2015
    We used to be able to sell to stores here in Utah, but they outlawed it just in case someone might get sick someday. We never had a problem. You would need to check your local laws.

    I'm guessing the big producers convinced the lawmakers that small farms have dangerous eggs since many people are now looking for small farm organic eggs.
  3. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would take what you were told with a grain of salt and do more research... Many states simply have 'egg' laws that cover all eggs sold for human consumption and thus don't differenciate from quail, chicken, duck or whatever..

    You really need to read the actual test of the law and go from there...

    In Illinois "you may sell nest-run eggs from your own flock to household consumers. However, these sales are limited to direct sales to household consumers for their own personal use, and must be sold on the premises where the flock is located."

    Any other type of sales requires a state licence...
  4. Twoandhelp

    Twoandhelp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2015
    I know for the duck eggs the dshs would regulate and possibly the Texas agriculture people as well. But they have both told me that they do not regulate quail. Maybe I'll ask them to email me. So far the only regulation we have that I'm aware of is through Texas parks and wildlife.
  5. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here the applicable laws, note as I suspected the bird species is not defined, so it technically applies to quail as well...


    It appears there is an exemption to sell as a 'producer' without a licence if you do not grade or size the eggs and they must be marked with your name and address, but and it's a big but...

    This letter eludes that the 'producer' exemption to the licence is only valid for direct to consumer sales, and thus selling to a store to be resold again might very well require a licence...


    I would personally consult a licensed attorney and get licensed legal advice from this point on if you want to go into business...
  6. Twoandhelp

    Twoandhelp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2015

    Ok the first link says not found, and I'd asked them about the second one and they said no- neither they nor the agriculture guys regulate! But I think you might be right- talking to an attorney would potentially save a headache. What type of lawyer would that be you think?

    I thought it was weird they said no regulation on quail eggs when the treat quail meat oppositely- takes an act of God to be able to sell quail meat!
  7. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Try the link again, I tested it with multiple browsers and it worked fine, that is a link to the actual black and white written law...

    As for talking to them and them claiming they don't regulate, as I said take it with a grain of salt as I didn't see any exemption in the law itself that exempted quail eggs from the same regulation as any other egg...

    As for the type of lawyer, ideally you would want one versed in agricultural law, but any general family lawyer should be able to give you an option on the law as written...

    The first link that I implore you to try again is the full text of the Texas Administrative Code - Title 4 - Part 1 - Chapter 15 Egg Law
  8. MeepBeep

    MeepBeep Chillin' With My Peeps

    Follow up... I just reread the applicable law, and I fully believe you need to obtain a license to sell as you wish legally...

    My interpretation is that you would fall into ( a )( 1 ) since you are selling for resale and that activity mandates a license...

    The exemption found in ( b ) ( 1 ) IMO is not applicable to you since you are in fact "engaging in any previously defined egg marketing activity" that being section ( a )( 1 ) selling for resale thus invalidating the exemption in your instance...

    I glanced over the law and no where does the law limit itself to the species of eggs it just refers to eggs for human consumption, thus there is nothing to support quail eggs as being exempt and thus they would be regulated just the same as any other eggs, as eggs is applied as a generic and broad definition...

    The penalty for violating the law is a misdemeanor with a $50 - $1000 fine plus an additional administrative penalty of up to $500 per violation and new violations can be assessed every 24 hours...
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2016
  9. Twoandhelp

    Twoandhelp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2015
    I'll keep that link- it's working now- maybe storms were "blocking" it earlier. Thanks for all your help. I'm going to email them and reference this link to see what they say. They have claimed to look it up and that quail don't fall under their jurisdiction, but I thought an email stating it AND asking a lawyer would probably be the way to go because I definitely don't want any fines! I'm fine just selling to individual for now but I'd like to do the restaurant/grocery eventually.
  10. Em Ty

    Em Ty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 3, 2013
    St. Clements, ON
    I'd ask for it in writing first and, failing that, an email.

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