(a)  Baluts are exempt from the standards for shell eggs set forth in Rules .0103 and .0105 of this Section. After incubation, eggs suited for use as baluts shall be labeled with the word "embryo" or "balut" preceded by the name of the kind of poultry, or labeled as "Incubated Fertile Eggs." Labeling must include the complete name and address of the hatchery with letters no less than three-eighths of one inch high.

(b)  In addition to all other applicable labeling requirements, eggs marketed and labeled as organically produced shall be certified by a State or federal agency or an accrediting organization recognized by a State or Federal agency, and shall be identified on primary container.

(c)  In addition to all other marketing requirements, eggs labeled and marketed as free range eggs shall be identified and otherwise handled to maintain their identity through processing and packaging. Satisfactory evidence that the eggs are from production locations with cage-free birds or that have access to an outdoors range shall be furnished by any person marketing these eggs to a retailer, institutional consumer, or other person and shall be kept on file by both the person selling and the purchaser at their respective places of business for a period of at least 30 days.

(d)  Eggs of a specific nature such as "Fertile" or "Brown" and eggs produced in accordance with applicable federal or State standards may be labeled as such if these eggs meet all other applicable requirements.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 106-245.16; 106-245.21;

Eff. July 1, 1998;

Transferred from 02 NCAC 43H .0107 Eff. May 1, 2012;

Readopted Eff. May 1, 2017.