FDA Relaxes Egg Labeling Requirements

The Food and Drug Administration is relaxing egg labeling and packaging requirements to meet consumer demands during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Under normal guidelines, egg cartons must include a statement of identity, the name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer or distributor, nutrition labeling, the net quality of contents and safe handling instructions. However, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumer demand for shell eggs has increased and appropriately labeled retail packaging is not available for all such eggs. FDA aays a sign or tag affixed to the product containing certain label requirements is still necessary.

The policy is intended to remain in effect only for the duration of the public health emergency related to COVID-19 declared by the Department of Health and Human Services.