Eggs at the grocery store might be older than you think
BY: EYE OPENER STAFF
A recent post on Facebook by Fresh Eggs Daily points out that the eggs you pick up at your local grocery store might actually be 45 days old or more! Fresh Eggs Daily posted a picture dated January 19 of egg cartons at the grocery store. Every date posted was 352 to 355, meaning that these eggs were put into cartons on the 352nd to the 355th day of the year. So, the eggs are about a month old and will last up to a month later.
The FDA does not require food manufacturers to place expiration dates or even "best by" or "use by" dates. It's up to the company's discretion to put a date.
However, the USDA has issued a guide on how to read all the codes on egg cartons. Grade AA is the freshest egg used mostly in prepared foods and bakeries. Grade A is the most commonly sold grade of eggs. The stamp on the carton will sometimes have an expiration date determined by the company, a packing date, and a plant code that identifies where the eggs came from in case of a safety recall.
Keeps all this in mind the next time you go pick up a carton of eggs and you won't leave with a bad batch.
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