No person shall buy, sell, trade, traffic or process eggs in this state without first having made application for and obtained a license as required by this chapter, with the following exceptions:

(1) Persons handling eggs that have been candled for retail sale only and having and using proper storage facilities;

(2) Those who sell only eggs produced by their own flocks;

(3) Hatcheries that purchase eggs to be used exclusively for hatching purposes;

(4) Hotels, restaurants, and other public eating places where all eggs purchased are served in the establishment;

(5) Bakeries, confectioneries, and ice cream manufacturers purchasing eggs for use and used only in the manufacture of their products;

(6) Agents employed and carried on the payroll on a salary basis by licensed wholesalers or distributors; and

(7) A consumer buying eggs for the consumer’s own consumption.

[Acts 1951, ch. 124, § 7 (Williams, § 6579.35); 1955, ch. 9, § 1; 1981, ch. 322, §§ 6, 7; T.C.A. (orig. ed.), § 52-207.]