§ 26-2-261. Classification of eggs.

CODE OF GEORGIA

Title 26. FOOD, DRUGS, AND COSMETICS

Chapter 2. STANDARDS, LABELING, AND ADULTERATION OF FOOD

Article 8. EGGS

Current through 2019-2020 Chapter 609

§ 26-2-261. Classification of eggs

(a) Within the intent and purpose of this article, eggs classified as:
(1) Storage eggs shall be construed to mean eggs which have been in cold storage for a period of 31 days or longer; and
(2) Fresh eggs shall be construed to mean eggs which have been held in cold storage not longer than 30 days from the date they were packed.
(b) Each container of eggs must be labeled to show size or weight class and standard of quality.
(c) All eggs sold or offered for sale by dealers, as designated by this article, shall be graded as to net weight and standards of quality.
(1) The size or weight classes shall be:
                       Min. Net Wt.
    Size or    Minimum Net     For Indv.      Min. Net
    Weight       Wt. Per     Eggs at Rate     Wt. Per
    Classes      Doz.(Oz.)    Per Doz.(Oz.)    30 Doz.(Lbs.)
    -------      --------      --------       -----------
  Jumbo           30            29              56
  Extra Large     27            26              50 1/2
  Large           24            23              45
  Medium          21            20              39 1/2
  Small           18            17              34
  Pee Wee         15            14              28

The weight tolerance, per dozen, where eggs are sold at retail, shall be not more than two eggs of the minimum net weight for individual eggs at the rate per dozen. Not more than 5 percent tolerance of the minimum net weight for individual eggs at the rate per dozen shall be allowed where eggs are sold in wholesale lots.

(2) The quality classifications for individual eggs shall be:
(A) Grade AA:
(i) Shell: clean, unbroken, practically normal.
(ii) Air cell: one-eighth inch or less in depth, unlimited movement, and free or bubbly.
(iii) Yolk: outline slightly defined, practically free from defects.
(iv) White: firm, clear.
(B) Grade A:
(i) Shell: clean, unbroken, practically normal.
(ii) Air cell: three-sixteenths inch or less in depth, unlimited movement, and free or bubbly.
(iii) Yolk: outline fairly well defined, practically free from defects.
(iv) White: reasonably firm, clear.
(C) Grade B:
(i) Shell: clean to slightly stained (but not more than one thirty-second of surface if localized or one-sixteenth of surface if scattered), unbroken, abnormal.
(ii) Air cell: over three-sixteenths inch in depth, unlimited movement, and free or bubbly.
(iii) Yolk: outline plainly visible, enlarged and flattened, clearly visible germ development but no blood, other serious defects.
(iv) White: weak and watery, small blood and meat spots present (but not more than one-eighth inch in diameter aggregate).
(d) The U.S. Standards, Grades, and Weight Classes for Shell Eggs, Part 56, Subpart C, Paragraphs 56,216 and 56,217 established pursuant to the federal Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 are adopted by reference.
(e) All of the classifications indicated in this Code section shall be determined by candling.

Cite as OCGA § 26-2-261

History. Amended by 2015 Ga. Laws 9, §26, eff. 3/13/2015.