| Colorado Department of Agriculture
Egg Inspection Program
2331 W. 31st Ave.
DENVER, CO 80211
Fax: (303) 480-9236
The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) enforces the Colorado Egg Law to promote the distribution of safe, quality eggs in Colorado.
The CDA Egg Program licenses egg dealers and oversees the inspection of eggs in distribution to verify they meet safety, size, labeling and quality requirements. The license type depends on sales volume. Licenses are also required for egg producer/dealers with small flocks (fewer than 3,000 chicken hens) who sell to restaurants, stores, hospitals and other institutions. Small (less than 250 dozen/month) producer/dealers selling only directly to the final household consumer are exempt from licensing. Example: a farmer selling a small amount of eggs only from their own flock.
Prior to selling, eggs must be candled (examined by use of transmitted light) and graded into Colorado consumer grades. Eggs must be refrigerated prior to sale to ensure temperature of eggs does not exceed 41 degrees Fahrenheit.