But when it comes to your eggs they’re best when you keep them refrigerated in the carton for up to six weeks and popped in the fridge as soon as you can after buying them.
This is a very important hack to know because according to au the cartons of eggs that are on supermarket shelves were laid up to 42 days ago.
That means some eggs that are currently sitting on the shelf were laid six weeks ago.
Sell By Date: Though not required, most egg cartons also contain a “sell by” date beyond which they should not be sold.
In USDA-inspected plants (indicated by the USDA shield on the package), this date can’t exceed 30 days beyond the pack date which is within USDA regulations. Information from the Georgia Egg Commission: Julian Date: Starting with January 1 as number 1 and ending with December 31 as 365, these numbers represent the consecutive days of the year.
S Department of Agriculture (USDA)-graded eggs must display a Julian date – the date the eggs were packed.
Although not required, egg cartons may also carry an expiration (sell-by) date and/or a best-by (use-by) date.
Although not required, cartons may also carry an expiration date (EXP) beyond which the eggs should not be sold, but are still safe to eat.
On cartons with the USDA grade logo, the expiration date cannot exceed 30 days after the eggs were packed in the carton.
Expiration dates are included on some egg cartons ensuring retailers do not keep eggs on shelves past a certain date.
However, eggs can be safely eaten 2-3 weeks beyond the expiration date.
Usually if you’re checking to see if food is still good you’ll check the best before or use by date.