New York Agriculture & Markets Law
Establishment of Grades or Standards
It shall be the duty of the state department of agriculture and markets to enforce the provisions of this article and the commissioner of agriculture and markets is hereby vested with full power to establish forthwith and from time to time specific grades or standards of quality and size or weight to govern the sale of eggs to the consumer, and to establish different grades or prescribe different terms indicative of size or weight, quality and manner of preparation of eggs for human consumption for use in sales between the producer and wholesaler, between the wholesaler and jobber, and between the wholesaler or jobber and the retailer. The commissioner of agriculture and markets shall have full authority to make rules and regulations for carrying out and enforcing the provisions of this act, provided however, that the grades or standards of quality established by him shall not permit the sale of any eggs for human consumption of poorer quality than permitted by the lowest grade or standard for edible eggs established from time to time by the United States secretary of agriculture. All rules, regulations and standards of quality and size or weight established under the authority of this statute shall have the force of law and shall be filed and open for public inspection in the office of the state department of agriculture and markets.