Eggs used for home purposes, in Tasmania including eggs given away to family or friends, are not regulated and no stamping is required.
If you have more than 20 egg laying birds in Tasmania you are already considered a Producer (under the Egg Industry Act 2002) that requires accreditation and an approved and audited food safety program.
If you have less than 20 egg laying birds in Tasmania you are already subject to the Food Standards Code . The new code states that all eggs sold must be individually marked with a unique identifying mark or code.
The proposed new egg regulations that are outlined in the Draft Primary Produce Safety (Egg) Regulations 2013 were recently open for Public comment.
The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) has chosen to not make the Public submissions Public at this stage, and do not plan to.
The DPIPWE has stated that free hand held egg stamps will be issued to small producers that wish to sell thier eggs in this category on registration of their details with the DPIPWE for no fee.
SPKAT Inc and Paul Healy have made separate submissions on the proposed new regulations, but these are currently not for public viewing as they are still being considered by Government. Paul’s submission was on how mandatory registration, annual flock inspections and egg stamping will affect Heirloom Poultry Heritage.
Currently (Aug 2014) a petition is being circulated requesting the State Government to consult with small egg producers, as they will be most affected It is now more than 8 months since submissions were made by hundreds of Tasmanians, and none of them have heard back.