California Shell Egg Regulation Quick Reference Guide

The Egg Safety and Quality Management (ESQM) Program within MPES is responsible for the regulatory authority for shell eggs and egg products produced, shipped, or sold in California, producing $24 million in annual revenue in 2013. The mission of the ESQM is to ensure that eggs sold in California are of known quality, origin, grade, and size.

Pursuant to Food and Agricultural Code Section 27521, ESQM ensures eggs have been properly handled, labeled, transported, refrigerated; and are wholesome and safe to eat. Anyone engaged in the production, sale, or handling of shell eggs or egg products in California must register with ESQM.

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