New licensing rules ease requirements for farmers market egg vendors

May 28, 2013

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The Missouri Department of Agriculture says it has lessened licensing requirements for farmers' market merchants and roadside vendors selling eggs more directly to consumers.

Under the new requirements, those who sell eggs directly to consumers now only need a $5 retail license.

Missouri previously required dealer licenses for direct-to-consumer sales of eggs.

The new classification applies to those who sell fewer than 25 cases of eggs weekly. Labeling requirements remain the same: Sellers must list their name, address, and the size and grade of the eggs.

Missouri officials say the change is a response to the growing popularity of farmers' markets.