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Apply for approval of egg packing centres


Egg packing centres are establishments that sort, mark, pack and/or repack eggs according to quality and weight classes. Egg packing centres may only be operated if they are approved by the competent authority on application under market law and a packing centre identification number has been assigned.

If eggs are delivered directly to the end consumer from the farm (production site), at the front door or on a public market and not according to quality and weight classes, no approval as a packing centre is required.

Direct marketers who market eggs through a trading partner (retailers, bakers, kiosks, other direct marketers, etc.) or who want to offer eggs sorted by size and quality or who have a sales radius of more than 100 kilometers require a license as a packing center.

Only those undertakings which have the appropriate premises and technical facilities for grading eggs by quality and weight may be approved as packing centres.

Packing centres must have the following technical equipment necessary for the proper handling of eggs:

  • an automatic or permanently manned fluoroscopy system / fluoroscopy lamp, which enables the quality of the individual eggs to be checked
  • Device(s) for determining the height of the air chamber
  • a facility for grading eggs by weight class
  • one or more calibrated scales for weighing the eggs (note: 1 gram exactly)
  • Egg-marking device(s)

The premises of the packing centre and the technical equipment must be in good condition, clean and free of extraneous odours.

Packing centres operating exclusively for the food and non-food industries do not need to have adequate technical facilities for sorting eggs by weight class.

  • Proof ofsuitable premises
  • Proof ofsuitable technical equipment

Contact the State Administration Office.

An application for approval as a packing centre must be submitted to the competent authority.

  • The competent authority will examine your application and you will receive a written notification of the result.
  • If your application is granted, the authority will provide you with the identification number you need to label the packaging of eggs (packing centre number).

The permit can be revoked at any time if the necessary conditions are no longer met.

Eggsmustbe sorted, labelled and, if necessary, packed within ten days of laying.

Sorted and, if necessary, packaged eggs of classA may onlybe supplied with the producer code printed on them.

Packagingmust beclean, sound,dry and undamaged. The material of the packaging must protect the eggs from foreign odours andpossibledeterioration in quality.

With the approval of the packing center, all marketing channels are open. The followinglists must bekept:

  • Purchase list (number of eggs purchased per farm)
  • Sorting list (number of eggs per category per day)
  • Sales list (number of eggs sold with place and date of sale)

The retention period of thelists is12 months.

Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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