Register November 2006 No. 611
Chapter ATCP 88
EGG GRADING, HANDLING AND LABELING
Egg processing, handling and storage.
Grade, size and quality standards.
Dealers buying eggs from producers; receipts.
Ch. ATCP 88 History
Chapter Ag 90 as it existed on June 30, 1974 was repealed and a new chapter Ag 90 created effective July 1, 1974; Chapter Ag 90 was renumbered ch. ATCP 88 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., Register, April, 1993, No. 448
. Chapter ATCP 88 as it existed on October 31, 1996 was repealed and a new chapter ATCP 88 was created effective November 1, 1996.
"Candling" means carefully examining, in a dark place, the interior and exterior of a whole egg that is placed in front of a strong light source.
"Department" means the state of Wisconsin department of agriculture, trade and consumer protection.
"Dirty egg" means an egg, with an unbroken shell, that has either of the following:
Prominent or moderate stains covering more than 1/32 of the shell surface area if localized, or 1/16 of the shell surface area if scattered.
"Egg" means the shell egg of the domestic chicken, G. gallus, domesticus.
"Federal act" means the agricultural marketing act of 1946, as amended (7 USC 1621
et seq.), the egg products inspection act of 1970 (21 USC 1031-1056
), and regulations issued under either act.
"Inedible egg" means an egg in which any of the following is present:
ATCP 88.01 Note
Note: A "package" of eggs is the retail package in which the eggs are sold to a consumer. A "package" is different from a shipping container.
"Person" means an individual, corporation, partnership, limited liability company, cooperative, association or other business entity.
"Process" means to grade, size, candle, package or otherwise prepare eggs for sale.
"Shipping container" means any box, case, rack or other container used to distribute packages of eggs, or bulk or loose eggs, to a seller or institutional purchaser of eggs.
ATCP 88.01 History
Cr. Register, October, 1996, No. 490
, eff. 11-1-96.
Egg processing, handling and storage. ATCP 88.02(1)(a)
A person who processes eggs in this state shall comply with applicable requirements under chs. ATCP 70
A person who operates a warehouse used for the storage of eggs shall comply with applicable requirements under ch. ATCP 71
A person who sells eggs at retail shall comply with applicable requirements under ch. ATCP 75
Egg grading rooms shall be kept reasonably clean during grading operations and shall be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day's operations.
Egg candling areas shall be dark enough to permit accurate determinations of egg quality.
Egg candling lights shall be strong enough to disclose dirty eggs and to permit accurate determinations of egg quality.
If automated grading equipment is used to detect blood inside of eggs or cracked shells or "checks," the equipment shall be calibrated and adjusted for sensitivity so that the processed eggs comply with applicable grade standards.
Lighting in egg packing areas shall be adequate to disclose dirty packing materials and packing material defects that may affect the safety or quality of eggs.
Equipment used to weigh eggs shall be kept reasonably clean and shall be routinely calibrated for accuracy.
Dogs, cats and other domestic animals shall be kept out of egg processing and storage areas.
Egg storage facilities shall be capable of maintaining eggs at temperatures required under s. ATCP 88.04
, regardless of reasonably foreseeable external temperatures.
Every egg storage facility shall be equipped with one or more accurate temperature measuring devices to monitor compliance with temperature standards under s. ATCP 88.04
. The air temperature shall be monitored in representative locations of the egg storage facility.
Shell egg cleaning equipment shall be kept in good repair. Equipment shall be cleaned after each day's use and more frequently if necessary. Compounds used to clean or sanitize eggs shall be compounds listed in the current "List of Proprietary Substances and Nonfood Compounds" published semiannually by the United States department of agriculture.
ATCP 88.02 Note
Note: The "List of Proprietary Substances and Nonfood Compounds," published semiannually by the United States department of agriculture, is on file with the department and may be obtained from the United States department of agriculture, agricultural marketing service, poultry programs, grading branch, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 3938-South Building, Washington, D.C. 20250, STOP 0256.
Water used to clean shell eggs shall be at least 20° F. warmer than the eggs, and shall not be colder than 90° F. Eggs may not be left standing or soaking in cleaning water.