Is there a way to tell from the egg carton how old the eggs are? Each carton of USDA graded eggs must show the date of packaging, the processing plant number, and may include an expiration date.
Are there some guidelines for how long eggs are safe to eat? USDA assures that all labeling and claims made on the carton are truthful and accurate.
The date does not correspond to the date by which the product must be consumed to ensure food safety; rather, the date is indicated for product quality.You can store fresh shell eggs in their cartons in the refrigerator for four to five weeks beyond this date." Plants not under USDA inspection are governed by the state laws where the eggs are packed and/or sold.Most states require a pack date as described in this article.As they are not really intended for general public knowledge these codes are frequently unique to a particular processor and are not commonly published by them.It is possible to get the keys to these codes by contacting the processor and asking how to decipher the dating code for specific product lines.