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15.04.01.00.htm 15.04.01.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 04 MARYLAND EGG LAW Chapter 01 General Regulations Authority: Agriculture Article, §2-103, 4-301, 4-302, 4-306, 4-308, 4-310, and 4-311.1―4-311.5; Health-General Article, §21-211; Annotated Code of Maryland
15.04.01.01.htm 15.04.01.01. 01 Scope.. A. The regulations contained in this chapter:. 1) Prescribe the standards of quality for individual shell eggs sold in this State;. 2) Establish allowable tolerances for grades of shell eggs sold in this State;. 3) Prescribe the weights permitted by the Maryland Egg Law for the various size classifications of eggs;4) Establish special grades of eggs; and. 5) Indicate what information a person selling shell eggs to a consumer shall provide and the manner
15.04.01.02.htm 15.04.01.02. 02 Definitions.. A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Carton" means a container holding up to 36 eggs, including overwrapped cartons and sleeves, that is used to pack eggs for distribution or sale to a consumer.2) "Case" means a container that is not a carton and that is used to pack eggs for distribution or sale to a consumer. A case may contain either loose eggs or cartons of eggs.3) "Consumer" means a per
15.04.01.03.htm 15.04.01.03. 03 Sales of Eggs to Certain Business Entities.. A. Seller to Provide Certain Information. A person may not sell or deliver shell eggs to a retailer, food service facility, or distributor unless that person:1) Is registered with the Secretary as provided under Regulation .09 of this chapter; and. 2) Provides the retailer, food service facility, or distributor, before or at the time the eggs are delivered, the following information in English:
15.04.01.04.htm 15.04.01.04. 04 Sales of Eggs to Consumers.. A. This regulation does not apply to a person selling shell eggs for pasteurization.. B. A person may not distribute, offer for sale, or sell shell eggs to a consumer unless:. 1) That person is registered with the Secretary as provided under Regulation .09 of this chapter;. 2) That person has an invoice or equivalent record containing all of the information required under Regulation .03A; and3) The eggs are:. a) Supplied by a registered packer;.
15.04.01.05.htm 15.04.01.05. 05 Grade and Size Classifications.. A. The standards of quality for individual shell eggs sold in Maryland shall be in accordance with the official standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 7 CFR §56.200.B. The tolerances allowable for grades of shell eggs sold in Maryland shall be in accordance with the official standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for Consumer Grades AA, A, and B allowed at destination, 7 CFR §56.216 and 56.217.C. The size (weight) clas
15.04.01.06.htm 15.04.01.06. 06 Stop Sale.. Written "stop sale" orders may be issued when it is found that eggs are being sold, offered, or exposed for sale in violation of any of the provisions of law, or of any regulation promulgated pursuant to it. When a "stop sale" order has been issued, it shall be unlawful for anyone to remove either the eggs which are the subject of the order or the order, including copies of it, until ordered released by an authorized agent of the Department.
15.04.01.07.htm 15.04.01.07. 07 Special Grades.. A. Maryland Fancy. The following special grade of eggs of a standard superior to Grade A eggs for use on a voluntary basis for eggs produced in Maryland is established under the authority granted to the Secretary under Agriculture Article, §4-306, Annotated Code of Maryland:1) This grade of eggs shall be known as Maryland Fancy grade and the eggs shall be produced and packed in Maryland.2) The standard of quality for individual eggs shall be the same as the sta
15.04.01.08.htm 15.04.01.08. 08 Prerequisites for Packing Shell Eggs.. A. This regulation does not apply to a person who packs shell eggs that are sold for pasteurization.. B. A packer, including a repacker, shall:. 1) Register with the Department as provided under Regulation .09 of this chapter;. 2) On cartons of eggs and cases of loose eggs, legibly print, as provided under §C of this regulation, using a color of permanent ink that contrasts with the container's background, the following:
15.04.01.09.htm 15.04.01.09. 09 Registration.. A. Packers, Including Repackers.. 1) For each business location where a person is operating as a packer, including a repacker, the person shall submit annually a completed application for registration on a form provided by the Department.2) Except as otherwise provided under §A(5) of this regulation, the Department shall issue a packer-applicant a certificate of registration if the person:
15.04.01.10.htm 15.04.01.10. 10 Quarterly Reports and Inspection Fees.. A. Certain Packers Exempt. A packer who keeps 3,000 or fewer chickens and who sells, offers, or exposes for sale shell eggs only from these chickens is not required to submit a quarterly report or pay an inspection fee.B. Submission of Quarterly Report. For each business location from which eggs are sold or delivered to a retailer, food service facility, or consumer in Maryland, a packer or distributor shall submit a quarterly report, on a
15.04.01.11.htm 15.04.01.11. 11 Designation of Agent.. For the purpose of enforcing the regulations contained in this chapter, the Secretary may designate an agent of the Maryland Department of Health as the Secretary's representative.
15.04.01.9999.htm 15.04.01.9999. Administrative History Effective date: July 1, 1973. Regulation .03E amended effective November 22, 1982 (9:23 Md. R. 2261). Chapter revised as an emergency provision effective August 2, 1989 (16:17 Md. R. 1883) emergency status expired November 23, 1989Chapter revised as an emergency provision effective December 5, 1989 (16:26 Md. R. 2783) emergency status extended at 17:7 Md. R. 843 ―Chapter revised effective April 30, 1990 (17:8 Md. R. 977). Regulation .09B and D ame
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