January 9, 2020
Draft document sheds light on agency current thinking
The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has released DRAFT documents on Proposition 12 prior to official rulemaking to increase public participation and improve the quality of the regulations. This release was not a public notice of the initial rulemaking required by Government Code Section 11346.5, but for information gathering purposes only. Some key points include:
No egg producer or egg handler shall knowingly sell or contract to sell within the state a shell egg or liquid egg (further draft clarification below) for human consumption if it is the product of an egg-laying hen that was confined in an enclosure that fails to comply with all of the following standards:
Prop 12 defined liquid eggs as: (l) “Liquid eggs” means eggs of an egg-laying hen broken from the shells, intended for human food, with the yolks and whites in their natural proportions, or with the yolks and whites separated, mixed, or mixed and strained. Liquid eggs do not include combination food products, including pancake mixes, cake mixes, cookies, pizzas, cookie dough, ice cream, or similar processed or prepared food products, that are comprised of more than liquid eggs, sugar, salt, water, seasoning, coloring, flavoring, preservatives, stabilizers, and similar food additives.
CDFA Draft Definition provides additional clarifications of Shell Eggs and Liquid Eggs:
Comments must be received by CDFA no later than 5:00 PM PST, January 31, 2020. Comments must be submitted via electronic mail with any attachments in PDF at the following address: CAVET@cdfa.ca.gov
Draft documents associated with the announcement can be found at: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/AHFSS/Prop12.html
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