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Egg Regulations (C.R.C., c. 284)

Regulations are current to 2020-07-28 and last amended on 2019-01-14. Previous Versions

PART I

Grade Names

 There shall be four grades of eggs having the grade names Canada A, Canada B, Canada C and Canada Nest Run.

  • SOR/90-299, s. 2
  • SOR/92-70, s. 2

Grading

 No person shall grade an egg unless the egg

  • (a) is free of any odour foreign to that of a normal egg;

  • (b) is free of must or mould;

  • (c) is of a colour customary for an egg;

  • (d) is free of any internal defect;

  • (e) has not been in an incubator;

  • (f) meets the requirements for a grade set out in Schedule I;

  • (g) is prepared in accordance with these Regulations;

  • (h) [Repealed, SOR/2011-205, s. 2]

  • (i) is not contaminated;

  • (j) is edible; and

  • (k) meets all other requirements of the Food and Drugs Act and the Food and Drug Regulations.

  • SOR/81-1007, s. 2
  • SOR/90-299, s. 3
  • SOR/92-12, s. 2
  • SOR/2011-205, s. 2

 No person other than an inspector shall grade eggs at a place other than a registered egg station.

  • SOR/92-12, s. 2

Health and Safety

 Subject to section 6.1, no person shall market eggs in import, export or interprovincial trade as food unless the eggs

  • SOR/81-1007, s. 3
  • SOR/90-110, s. 2(F)
  • SOR/90-299, s. 4
  • SOR/92-12, s. 2
  • SOR/2011-205, s. 3

 Eggs that are rejects or are contaminated may be marketed in import, export or interprovincial trade as animal food if they are

  • (a) fit for use as animal food;

  • (b) labelled with the words “Inedible egg — Not for Human Consumption” and “Oeufs non comestibles — impropres à la consommation humaine”;

  • (c) prepared separately from eggs intended for use as food; and

  • (d) where appropriate, treated to give them the appearance of being inedible.

  • SOR/92-12, s. 2
  • SOR/95-475, s. 2
  • SOR/2011-205, s. 4

 An inspector may direct that any eggs be seized and detained pursuant to section 23 of the Act where the inspector suspects on reasonable grounds that the eggs

  • (a) [Repealed, SOR/2011-205, s. 5]

  • (b) are contaminated;

  • (c) do not meet the other requirements of section 6; or

  • (d) are otherwise injurious to the health of any person.

  • SOR/92-12, s. 2
  • SOR/95-548, s. 2
  • SOR/2011-205, s. 5

Registration of Egg Stations

  •  (1) An application for the registration of an egg station shall be made to a Executive Director.

  • (2) An application referred to in subsection (1) shall have annexed thereto

    • (a) detailed plans and specifications for the egg station that shall include

      • (i) the dimensions and intended uses of the rooms and positions of doors, windows, stairways and drains,

      • (ii) descriptions of the lighting, refrigeration, ventilation and plumbing systems,

      • (iii) descriptions of the types and location of equipment to be used in the egg station,

      • (iv) descriptions of the materials used in the construction of equipment, floors, walls, ceilings and openings, and

      • (v) descriptions of the location of the egg station in relation to adjacent buildings, roads, railways, waterways and public utilities;

    • (b) a copy of the sanitation program for the egg station, indicating

      • (i) the person responsible for carrying out the program,

      • (ii) the equipment and chemical agents to be used to bring about and maintain clean and sanitary conditions,

      • (iii) the measures proposed to be taken to ensure clean and sanitary conditions;

    • (c) a copy of the quality assurance program for the egg station indicating

      • (i) the person responsible for carrying out the program, and

      • (ii) the frequency of sampling and the verification procedures to ensure that the eggs meet the requirements and standards set out in this Part;

    • (d) a copy of the recall program for eggs that do not meet the requirements and standards set out in this Part, indicating

      • (i) the person responsible for carrying out the program,

      • (ii) descriptions of the product coding system, including producer premises codes and the manner in which they are used to track eggs, and

      • (iii) notification and other procedures to effect a recall;

    • (e) a copy of the pest control program for the egg station, indicating

      • (i) the person responsible for carrying out the program, and

      • (ii) the measures proposed to be taken to safely and effectively control insects, birds, rodents and other vermin;

    • (f) a copy of the employee training program for the egg station, indicating

      • (i) the person responsible for carrying out the program, and

      • (ii) descriptions of training to be provided to personnel who handle eggs and equipment;

    • (g) a copy of a certificate of microbiological analysis of water to be used at the egg station for drinking or egg preparation that

      • (i) indicates the source of the water,

      • (ii) verifies that the water meets the standards for drinking water set out in the Drinking Water Quality Guidelines,

      • (iii) is dated not more than six months prior to the date of the application, and

      • (iv) has been issued by a laboratory that is accredited for drinking water analysis by the Standards Council of Canada or by the municipal or provincial government having jurisdiction in the location in which the egg station is located; and

    • (h) in the case of an egg station that pasteurizes eggs, a copy of the pasteurization program for the egg station, indicating

      • (i) the person responsible for carrying out the program, and

      • (ii) the process to be used to pasteurize the eggs.

  • (3) Where an egg station in respect of which an application referred to in subsection (1) is made meets the conditions set out in section 8, the Director shall

    • (a) register the egg station by entering its name in the register of registered egg stations of the Agency and by assigning it a registration number; and

    • (b) issue to the operator of the egg station a Certificate of Registration.

  • (4) An operator shall post and keep posted the Certificate of Registration issued to the operator under subsection (3) in a conspicuous place in the registered egg station for the period during which the Certificate remains in force.

  • (5) The operator shall not assign or transfer a Certificate of Registration issued in respect of an egg station.

  • (6) The registration of a registered egg station shall lapse if

    • (a) no eggs are graded there for a period of 12 consecutive months; or

    • (b) where the operator of the registered egg station changes, the new operator fails to obtain a new registration and Certificate of Registration in respect of the egg station within 60 days after the day on which the change of operator occurs.

  • (7) The Director shall extend the time limit set out in paragraph (6)(b) if, on written application, the new operator demonstrates that they have diligently pursued their application for a new registration and Certificate of Registration.

  • SOR/90-110, s. 3
  • SOR/2000-184, ss. 2, 4
  • SOR/2006-193, s. 2
 
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