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Safety tips for handling farm fresh eggs

Hens roosting in a small coop.

More individuals are raising chickens for their eggs. And 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. For more information, contact the Dairy and Meat Inspection Division, 651-201-6300.

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 for farm fresh eggs

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Suzanne Driessen, Extension educator

Reviewed in 2021

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