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Egg Industry Consultative Committee

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The Egg Industry Consultative Committee (EICC) is established to provide the NSW Minister for Agriculture and NSW Food Authority with a consistent and concise form of dealing with consultation on matters relating to the provisions of the egg food safety scheme:

  1. the continuing operation of the egg food safety scheme
  2. any proposed amendment of the egg food safety scheme.

Section 105 of the Food Act 2003 requires the Food Authority to consult with industry sectors affected by a regulatory Food Safety Scheme, in accordance with provisions of that Scheme.

The Egg Food Safety Scheme under Food Regulation 2010 commenced in June 2010. Prior to that, consultation between the Authority and the egg industry sector was carried out through the Poultry and Egg Industries Committee which was established in 2006 and disbanded in mid 2012.

A review of the Food Authority’s consultative committee arrangements was conducted in 2011–12, as the Minister sought to refresh the existing structures and membership to ensure that they were contemporary and representative of the needs of industry and government.

As a result of the review, the Minister decided to establish a separate Egg Industry Consultative Committee for the purposes of consultation required under the Food Act 2003 in relation to the Egg Food Safety Scheme. The Food Authority invited organisations that cover different aspects of the Food Safety Scheme to nominate a representative. Membership appointment is for two years. The new committee operated under the current Food Regulation and is chaired by the Food Authority.

The Committee’s membership is designed to bring expertise and new ideas to enhance strategic focus and issue resolution across the egg industry sector.

Functions of the Egg Industry Consultative Committee

EICC provides feedback to the NSW Food Authority and the NSW Minister for Agriculture on issues relating to egg industries including:

  • food safety policy and practices
  • the Egg Food Safety Scheme
  • labelling, food handling and hygiene
  • investigating and prosecuting businesses and individuals engaged in deceptive or misleading conduct.


The committee meets every 6 months, with agenda items called for 1 month before each meeting.

Meeting outcomes

Terms of Reference

The committee operates under agreed Terms of Reference.

The primary objective of the Committee is to contribute to the Authority’s goal of ensuring the production and sale of eggs which are safe and suitable for human consumption, by advising on policy and practices introduced into egg food safety schemes and developed through a consultative process.

The Committee has the function of consulting with the Authority on food safety schemes under the Food Act 2003 relating to the egg industry.

The Committee and the Food Authority will consult on all egg industry matters covered by the provisions of the Food Regulation 2015. This may include:

  • consultation on emergency management preparedness for the sector,
  • consultation on emerging and contentious issues and risks for food safety,
  • seeking input for provision into the development and implementation of national primary production food safety standards,
  • consultation on other issues in which the egg industry has an interest such as labelling, stamping, health claims and industry based education, and
  • assistance in the design and conduct of industry specific product-based surveys,
  • regulatory effectiveness.

Where considered appropriate, the EICC may establish sub-committees to address specific issues between scheduled EICC meetings.

In addressing issues, the EICC will take into account, where appropriate, the policies and practices of interstate and overseas government food agencies and industry organisations.

Where appropriate, members will provide industry updates and current issues at each EICC meeting.

The Authority may continue to provide the Minister with its own advice on issues that come before the EICC.

EICC Charter and Procedural Guidelines

EICC contact

Enquiries regarding the EICC can be made by contacting the relevant industry representative or the NSW Food Authority helpline at, or 1300 552 406.


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