Eggs may be marketed under the terms 'cage', 'free range', 'barn' or 'organic' provided the regulations on egg production have been met. Producers and packers using these terms and indications must be registered with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and comply with relevant legislation.
How eggs must be marketed
Table eggs marketed in the EU must display information about how they were produced. They must be graded by quality and weight and be packed, labelled, stored, transported and presented for sale in conformity with EU and national legislation on the marketing standards for eggs.
Eggs must be marketed and packed in a registered egg-packing centre. All registered packing centres are given a distinguishing number and are required to pay an annual registration fee. Egg packs must indicate the farming method and bear a 'best before' date. This date is 28 days after laying but the latest date by which eggs must be sold to the consumer is 21 days after laying. Incubated eggs may not be sold for human consumption.
Use this form to register as a free range or barn-reared poultry meat producer:
Application for registration as a free range/ barn reared poultry meat producer
This is the application for registration as a free range/ barn reared poultry meat producer.