Foodwise (news articles)
01 June 2015
Foodwise issue 37, June 2015
Following the recent requirement for all licensed egg producers and graders that sell eggs in NSW to stamp individual eggs and packages of egg pulp for sale, the Food Authority has implemented a program to allow licensees to continue to sell eggs (for an agreed period of time) in the event of egg stamping equipment failure.
The Food Safety Program template for small egg producers was recently updated to include the new stamping requirement as well as a section called Equipment failure – egg stamping.
This updated food safety program should be reviewed and implemented by all licensees using the existing Food Authority developed Food Safety Program (FSP). A new form titled Notification of equipment failure – egg stamping has also been created and for any instances where egg stamping equipment fails, licensees must:
- complete the form (available at www.foodauthority.nsw.gov. au) and submit it to the Food Authority within 24 hours of egg stamping machinery failure (this form must be submitted before any unstamped eggs are sold).
Upon receipt of this advice, the Food Authority will contact you to:
- confirm the notification has been received
- ensure all appropriate actions are being taken to repair egg stamping equipment and systems are in place to continue the traceability of all sold eggs
- discuss and agree to the estimated egg stamping resumption date
- issue you with a formal letter stating that you have provided sufficient evidence to show that you are taking all measures necessary to rectify the equipment failure that is currently preventing you from stamping your eggs until the agreed date. This letter may be provided to retailers, caterers and other businesses you supply with eggs to make them aware that the Food Authority is granting a grace period from the stamping requirement during this time.
Once the resumption date has been agreed by both parties, unstamped eggs will not be permitted to be sold beyond this date unless you contact the Food Authority and an extension is granted.
A copy of this form is to be maintained in the FSP for review by a Food Safety Officer.
Until the egg stamping equipment is repaired or replaced, a traceability system will be implemented to ensure unstamped eggs can be recalled should a foodborne illness incident occur.
The following records will be maintained for the sale of unstamped eggs:
- the name and address of the person or business to whom the eggs are sold,
- the lot identification (or the date of sale), and
- the quantity of eggs sold.
Refer to the Egg Stamping page on our website for further information regarding the requirement to stamp eggs and the Egg Producers page for information on the required Food Safety Program as well as to access to all relevant resources.