Egg Regulations (C.R.C., c. 284)

Regulations are current to 2016-04-12 and last amended on 2013-04-26. Previous Versions

Operation and Maintenance of Registered Egg Stations

  •  (1) Every operator shall operate and maintain the registered egg station in accordance with this section.

  • (2) The building, equipment, utensils and all other physical facilities of a registered egg station shall be maintained in a sanitary condition.

  • (3) Every registered egg station shall be operated in accordance with the programs referred to in paragraphs 7(2)(b) to (f) and, where applicable, the pasteurization program referred to in paragraph 7(2)(h), and up-to-date records shall be maintained in respect of those programs.

  • (4) Operations in relation to the preparation of eggs in a registered egg station shall be carried out under stringent sanitary control.

  • (5) A registered egg station shall have notices posted in prominent places instructing employees engaged in the preparation of eggs to clean their hands immediately after using toilet facilities and that smoking is prohibited.

  • (6) In a registered egg station, no material or coating shall be used in repairing the floors, walls, ceilings, doors, windows and other parts of any room or area in which eggs are prepared unless the material or coating is durable and free from any noxious constituent.

  • (7) Egg sorting and inspection working surfaces in a registered egg station shall have a minimum illumination of 540 lx.

  • (8) Refuse shall be removed at least once daily from within a registered egg station.

  • (9) All lavatories, sinks and drains in a registered egg station shall be maintained in a manner that prevents any odours or fumes therefrom from pervading any room where eggs are prepared.

  • (10) The operator shall maintain an effective and safe rodent and insect control program and shall exclude any animal from the registered egg station.

  • (11) Any detergent, sanitizer or other chemical agent in a registered egg station shall be properly labelled and shall be stored and used in a manner that prevents the contamination of eggs or any egg contact surface.

  • (12) Equipment and utensils used to handle inedible or contaminated materials in a registered egg station shall be so identified and shall not be used to handle eggs.

  • (13) Every container of eggs received at a registered egg station shall be clean, as defined in section 13.

  • (14) All ungraded eggs received at a registered egg station shall be graded and marked prior to being marketed unless the Executive Director otherwise directs.

  • (15) Ungraded eggs shall not be held at a registered egg station that does not have the equipment required for candling and weighing eggs.

  • (16) The relative humidity in any room where eggs are held in a registered egg station shall be maintained at not more than 85%.

  • (17) A room used for storing eggs in a registered egg station shall not also be used for grading eggs that have not been previously graded.

  • (18) The temperature of any room where eggs are held in a registered egg station shall be maintained at not more than

    • (a) 10°C in the case of a room holding eggs graded Canada A, Canada B or Canada C; and

    • (b) 13°C in the case of a room holding eggs graded Canada Nest Run, ungraded eggs or eggs bearing a dye-mark.

  • (19) Nothing that is likely to emit an odour that could affect the flavour of eggs shall be kept in a registered egg station.

  • (20) On examination, any egg in a registered egg station that fails to meet the requirements of a grade set out in Schedule I shall be destroyed or packed in a container bearing the words “Rejects” or “Rejetés”.

  • (21) No person who suffers from or is a known carrier of a communicable disease or who has an infected lesion that is open or exposed shall work in any area of a registered egg station where there is a danger of contaminating eggs or an egg contact surface with pathogenic micro-organisms.

  • (22) Every person engaged in the preparation of eggs in a registered egg station shall clean their hands thoroughly immediately after using toilet facilities and as frequently as is necessary to prevent the contamination of eggs.

  • (23) Every person preparing eggs in a registered egg station shall wear sanitary clothing.

  • (24) No person shall use tobacco in any form, chew gum or consume food of any kind, except water dispensed from a drinking fountain, in any part of a registered egg station in which eggs are prepared.

  • (25) The operator shall make a report to the Executive Director each week, on a form approved by the President of the Agency, stating

    • (a) the number of eggs that were graded during that week;

    • (b) the number of eggs of each grade that were graded during that week;

    • (c) the number of ungraded eggs received from another province that were graded during that week;

    • (d) the number of ungraded eggs of each grade received from another province that were graded during that week; and

    • (e) the number of eggs of each grade that were conveyed from the operator’s registered egg station to another province during that week.

  • (26) The operator shall provide the Executive Director with, at the Executive Director’s request and in respect of any period designated by the Executive Director, information relating to the number of eggs that were received, sold, conveyed and on hand at the registered egg station during that period.

  • (27) The operator shall notify the Executive Director of any proposed major modification to a registered egg station and, where requested by the Executive Director, submit detailed plans and specifications of the modification.

  • (27.1) The operator shall advise the Director of any change in the operations of the egg station that would affect the fee payable under the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Fees Notice.

  • (28) No eggs shall be conveyed from a registered egg station in a vehicle unless the vehicle

    • (a) is constructed of material that is free from any noxious constituent;

    • (b) has inside surfaces that are hard, smooth, in good repair and clean;

    • (c) provides adequate protection for the eggs from contamination;

    • (d) is equipped, where applicable, to maintain the eggs in a refrigerated state; and

    • (e) is not being used and has not been used for the conveyance of a pest control product within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Pest Control Products Act or any other material or substance or thing that might affect the flavour of or contaminate the eggs.

  • (29) No eggs that are conveyed to a registered egg station in a vehicle shall be received at the registered egg station unless the vehicle meets the requirements of paragraphs (28)(a) to (e).

  • (30) No graded eggs that are returned to a registered egg station shall be conveyed from the station as edible eggs other than to a registered processed egg station.

  • (31) The water that is used to wash eggs shall be at least 11°C warmer than the eggs and, in the case of a system that uses recirculated water, the water shall be maintained

    • (a) at a temperature that is not less than 40°C; and

    • (b) at a pH level that is not less than 10.

  • (32) The Director, at the request of the operator, may designate an alternate minimum temperature or pH level, or both, for the water that is used to wash eggs if the operator demonstrates that there will be no adverse impact on the safety and effectiveness of the egg washing system.

  • (33) The water that is used to wash eggs shall

    • (a) contain a shell egg cleaning compound that is safe and effective;

    • (b) be changed at the end of each shift, and more frequently as may be necessary to avoid contamination of eggs; and

    • (c) in the case of a recirculating washing system, be maintained at a level that permits a continuous overflow.

  • (34) No eggs shall be pasteurized unless they are eggs graded Canada A.

  • SOR/81-1007, s. 4;
  • SOR/90-110, s. 3;
  • SOR/92-12, s. 4;
  • SOR/95-250, s. 2;
  • SOR/2000-183, s. 2;
  • SOR/2000-184, ss. 3, 4;
  • SOR/2006-193, s. 6;
  • SOR/2011-205, s. 6;
  • SOR/2013-77, s. 3.

PART IIPacking

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), all eggs graded pursuant to these Regulations shall be packed in

    • (a) trays, with or without an overwrap;

    • (b) cartons; or

    • (c) containers made to contain more than 30 eggs.

  • (2) No eggs graded Canada A or Canada B shall be packed in a container that has been previously used to pack ungraded eggs or eggs graded Canada Nest Run.

  • SOR/92-12, s. 5;
  • SOR/92-70, s. 3;
  • SOR/92-645, s. 2;
  • SOR/98-131, s. 2.
 
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