Mo. Relaxes Rules for Egg Sales

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Farmers' market merchants and roadside vendors in Missouri can now sell eggs more easily directly to consumers.

The state Department of Agriculture says it has lessened licensing requirements for such businesses. 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.

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