The Agriculture Ministry has launched a plan to increase both oversight of egg production and enforcement against relevant violations, it announced Sunday.

Beginning June 1, owners of egg-laying hens will need to abide by a series of new health and safety requirements, and failure to do so will result in a revocation of necessary permits, the ministry said.

The new requirements include collecting laid eggs at least once a day, and thereafter holding the eggs only in a specific structure, isolated from other animals. In addition, the building will need to have clean and disinfected floors and a maximum temperature of 20°C at all times, the ministry said.

“Increased hygiene requirements and tightened supervision of farmers will improve the quality of eggs, thereby reducing the risk to public health,” said Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir.

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