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Regulations on Grading, Packing and Marking of Eggs Amended

March 24, 2020

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Amended regulations regarding the grading, packing and marking of eggs intended for sale in South Africa are in place.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the revised regulations in Government Gazette 43108.

They were drawn up in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act.

The regulations focus on restrictions on the sale of eggs; sizing and grading of eggs; containers and outer containers; marking requirements; sampling and examination; validity period for production method requirements and offences and penalties.

Annexures include letter sizes of indications, sizes and standards for sizes, standards for grades of eggs, extent to which certain defects may occur in eggs and number of eggs in accordance with the maximum percentage permissible deviation.

The amended regulations came into effect on the date of publication.

Meanwhile, the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) has, in Gazette 43110, called for comments on the request by the South African Grain Information Service (SAGIS) for the continuation of statutory measures in the grain and oilseeds industries.

The statutory measures focus on the registration, records and returns in respect of oilseeds products, maize products and wheaten products.

The statutory measures will expire on 23 September 2020, 14 October 2020 and 14 November 2022 and SAGIS requested that they be continued until 30 April 2024.

Comment is invited until 3 April 2020 whereafter NAMC will finalise its recommendation on the matter.