Proposed Egg Regulation under the Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001

Regulation Number(s):
R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 724 - Eggs
R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 726 - Processed Egg
Regulation 171/10
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Food Safety and Quality Act, 2001
Summary of Decision:
Regulation 171/10 under the FSQA will take effect on July 1, 2010. It will apply to the sale, distribution, offering for sale, shipping, transportation, and advertising of eggs and processed egg. It will not apply to eggs used for incubation.

The regulation includes provisions that will:
• Require all eggs be graded and processed in federally registered stations according to the Federal Egg Regulations and Processed Egg Regulations under the Canada Agricultural Products Act.

• Require all ungraded eggs be sold to an egg dealer or egg-grading station except for those sold by producers directly to consumers at the farm gate.

• Prohibit the use of inedible eggs and processed egg in food for human consumption. When inedible eggs are used for animal food it has to be prepared separately from food intended for human consumption.

• Identify records that must be kept.

•Prohibit deceptive or misleading advertisement
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
January 18, 2010
Summary of Proposal:
The proposed regulation under the FSQA would remove outdated provincial standards and requirements and refer to current federal egg grading and processing requirements in the Egg Regulations and Processed Egg Regulations under the Canada Agricultural Products Act (CAPA). Grading or processing of eggs could only take place in federally registered egg grading and egg processing stations in accordance with the federal regulations. This formalizes the current practice that has been in place since the early 1990’s.

The regulation would continue to retain requirements relating to food safety. These include the prohibition on selling ungraded eggs to members of the public with an exemption for producers who sell directly to consumers at the farm gate; and limiting the sale and shipment of ungraded eggs from a producer to an egg grading station or a first receiver. A general prohibition would continue to apply for use of rejects and inedible egg in food prepared for human consumption. Additionally, this prohibition would apply for food prepared for consumption by animals if the meat of those animals is intended for human consumption.

OMAFRA also requests comments to determine if certain requirements in Regulation 724 - Eggs and Regulation 726 - Processed Egg under the Livestock and Livestock Products Act (LLPA) should remain. These requirements include displaying grade names of eggs in advertisements; marking containers of ungraded eggs; and the submission of grading statements as well as requiring payment to producers within a certain time period.

For detailed information on the proposal, please follow the link to the Stakeholder Information Document.
Contact Address:
Patrick Thornton
Legislative Policy Analyst
Legislative Policy Unit
Food Safety and Environmental Policy Branch
2nd Floor SW
1 Stone Road West
Guelph Ontario
Royal Assent Date:
July 1, 2010