Egg producer fined over raw deal

Egg producer fined over raw deal

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BEAT IT: A Heywood egg producer has been fined for selling eggs illegally.

BEAT IT: A Heywood egg producer has been fined for selling eggs illegally.

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A Victorian egg producer fined for illegally selling eggs.

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A south-west Victorian egg producer has been fined for selling unstamped eggs at local supermarkets and from his farm-gate stall.

The man from Heywood, north-west of Warrnambool, was fined $2500 by authorities after he was caught illegally selling the eggs.

Agriculture Victoria leading animal health officer Emily Huglin said producers could only sell eggs that were individually marked with the producers' unique identification.

"Producers and businesses that produce eggs must implement measures to control food safety hazards and must be able to trace their individual eggs for sale," Ms Huglin said.

"This requirement is in accordance with the national standard ... and is legislated under the Food Act 1984 in Victoria and ensures traceability for all eggs sold across Australia."

Agriculture Victoria officers detected the unstamped eggs being offered for sale at multiple retailers and from the farm-gate stall between December 2018 and March 2019.

"Continued non-compliance of the [act] was identified throughout the investigation, with the producer, not stamping individual eggs prior to selling," Ms Huglin said.

She said the case served as a strong reminder to egg producers selling stamped, individually identified eggs was illegal.

"With recent Salmonella Enteritidis outbreaks in New South Wales and Victoria, it is a timely reminder of the importance of food safety and the need to trace food products efficiently and effectively," she said.

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