Current as of: February 2010
As used in this chapter -
(a) The term "Secretary" means the Secretary of Agriculture or
any other officer or employee of the Department of Agriculture to
whom there has heretofore been delegated, or to whom there may
hereafter be delegated, the authority to act in his stead.
(b) The term "person" means any individual, group of individuals,
partnership, corporation, association, cooperative, or any other
(c) The term "commercial eggs" or "eggs" means eggs from
domesticated chickens which are sold for human consumption either
in shell egg form or for further processing into egg products.
(d) The term "hen" or "laying hen" means a domesticated female
chicken twenty weeks of age or over, raised primarily for the
production of commercial eggs.
(e) The term "egg producer" means the person owning laying hens
engaged in the production of commercial eggs.
(f) The term "case" means a standard shipping package containing
thirty dozen eggs.
(g) The term "hatching eggs" means eggs intended for use by
hatcheries for the production of baby chicks.
(h) The term "United States" means the forty-eight contiguous
States of the United States of America and the District of
(i) The term "promotion" means any action, including paid
advertising, to advance the image or desirability of eggs, egg
products, spent fowl, or products of spent fowl.
(j) The term "research" means any type of research to advance the
image, desirability, marketability, production, or quality of eggs,
egg products, spent fowl, or products of spent fowl.
(k) The term "consumer education" means any action to advance the
image or desirability of eggs, egg products, spent fowl, or
products of spent fowl.
(l) The term "marketing" means the sale or other disposition of
commercial eggs, egg products, spent fowl, or products of spent
fowl, in any channel of commerce.
(m) The term "commerce" means interstate, foreign, or intrastate
(n) The term "egg products" means products produced, in whole or
in part, from eggs.
(o) The term "spent fowl" means hens which have been in
production of commercial eggs and have been removed from such
production for slaughter.
(p) The term "products of spent fowl" means commercial products
produced from spent fowl.
(q) The term "hatchery operator" means any person engaged in the
production of egg-type baby chicks.
(r) The term "started pullet" means a hen less than twenty weeks
(s) The term "started pullet dealer" means any person engaged in
the sale of started pullets.
(t) The term "handler" means any person, specified in the order
or the rules and regulations issued thereunder, who receives or
otherwise acquires eggs from an egg producer, and processes,
prepares for marketing, or markets, such eggs, including eggs of
his own production.