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Food Safety Checklist for Farm Fresh Eggs

Suzanne Driessen

Demand for shell eggs from local sources is increasing. More individuals are raising chickens for their eggs. Menus in Minnesota restaurants feature dishes made with fresh locally raised eggs.

In Minnesota, people who sell or donate eggs from their own flock do not need a food handler license. They must however, complete a licensing exemption form and register with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (651-201-6027 or

Are there food safety concerns with 'farm' or 'yard' fresh chicken eggs? Whether you raise, sell, give away or purchase farm fresh shell eggs, you can enjoy safe fresh local eggs when they are properly cleaned, candled, graded, sized, packed and stored.

Food Safety Checklist to Get Cracking with Farm Fresh Locally Produced Eggs

Egg Collection

Egg Cleaning

Clean Chicken House




Egg Packaging and Labeling

Egg Storage



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Reviewed by Kathy Brandt 2014

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