Egg carton code dating
If properly refrigerated, shell eggs will keep with insignificant quality loss for at least four to five weeks after the Julian or pack date.
Even though you’ll pay more for these eggs, the USDA has not imposed any set care standards.If you're confused about the dates you see on egg cartons, it's not surprising. One of the more puzzling facts is that none of the dates on food packages -- not even "use by" dates -- are an indication of food safety. An "expiration" or "sell by" date on some egg cartons helps to ensure that the eggs are fresh by informing the grocery store not to sell the eggs after the marked date.These dates are also intended to encourage you to use the eggs when they're still at their highest quality.For example, eggs packed on June 15 would be marked 166.Some other egg packers print an open "use by" date -- July 15, for example -- right on the eggshell itself.If you have ever wondered what the three mysterious numbers printed beneath the “best by” date on a carton of eggs were for, you’re probably not alone, but you really need to know what they mean.
Every package you’ve ever bought has them, but they are often overlooked.
However, Fresh Eggs Daily wants consumers to know the “best by” date is not the best way to determine freshness.
Eggs, along with just about every other food, are sold with a “best by” date consumers often use as the sole measure of freshness.
When grocery shopping for eggs, you may open the carton to check that they’re each intact, then pick the package with the furthest out “best by” date printed on the outside.
When each of those indicators pass our individual inspection, we feel like we just got the freshest selection for our family to enjoy.
I barely resist the urge to crumple into a heap in front of the dairy case. Especially considering my family eats a respectable amount of eggs.