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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC


  ( Division 12 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

PART 4. EGGS AND EGG PRODUCTS [27501 - 27690]

  ( Part 4 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

CHAPTER 1. Eggs [27501 - 27690]

  ( Chapter 1 repealed and added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1009. )

ARTICLE 4. Assessment Fees [27551 - 27555]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1971, Ch. 1009. )


The following persons shall pay to the secretary a maximum fee of fifteen cents ($0.15) for each 30 dozen eggs sold as provided below:

(a) California egg handlers shall pay the fee on all egg sales from their own production, on eggs purchased or acquired from California egg producers, and on eggs processed into egg products. California egg handlers shall not pay a fee on eggs purchased from out-of-state egg handlers or egg producers.

(b) California egg producers shall pay the fee on all egg sales to anyone not registered under this chapter as an egg handler, to out-of-state purchasers, and to egg breaking plants.

(c) Out-of-state egg handlers and producers shall report and pay the fee on egg sales into California sold to a retailer, producer, handler, or breaking plant, and on egg products brought into the state, at a maximum rate of fifteen cents ($0.15) for each equivalent of 30 dozen eggs.

(d) Shipments of eggs that are accompanied by a United States Department of Agriculture certificate of grade and sold to the federal government or its agencies are exempt from these fees.

(e) Eggs sold to household consumers on the premises where produced from a total flock size of 500 hens or fewer are exempt from these fees.

(f) The assessment provided for in this section shall be paid only once on any particular egg.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 162, Sec. 51. (SB 1171) Effective January 1, 2013.)


The fees provided in Section 27551 are maximum fees and shall be established at a lower rate by the secretary at any time the funds derived from the assessment are more than reasonably necessary to cover the cost of administration and enforcement of this chapter, including the maintenance of a reasonable reserve fund for those purposes.

(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 340, Sec. 2. (SB 549) Effective January 1, 2012.)


The secretary may, by regulation, prescribe the frequency of payment of assessments, the procedures for payment, the procedures for refunds of payment, and penalties for late payment. However, the department may triple the assessment for any eggs for which the required payment has not been made by the established due date. If a triple assessment is less than five hundred dollars ($500), the assessment shall be five hundred dollars ($500).

(Amended by Stats. 2003, Ch. 283, Sec. 5. Effective January 1, 2004.)


The moneys which are received by the director pursuant to this chapter shall be deposited in the Department of Food and Agriculture Fund and shall be used only for the administration and enforcement of this chapter, including, but not limited to, payments to commissioners pursuant to Article 5 (commencing with Section 27561). The moneys are exempt from the provisions of Article 2 (commencing with Section 13320) of Chapter 3 of Part 3 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1130, Sec. 4.)


The director may assess a special fee upon egg handlers who use descriptive terms on egg containers that require laboratory analysis to verify the terms. This fee shall be used for laboratory analysis necessary for label approval and continued surveillance for compliance with the descriptive terms.

(Added by Stats. 1990, Ch. 507, Sec. 4. Effective August 13, 1990.)

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