Fact Sheet – Types of Eggs
March 5, 2020

The egg is a versatile food with many options available for today’s consumers. Shell eggs are the raw eggs that are available in retail stores. Grade of eggs,  AA, A, or B, is determined by the interior quality of the egg and appearance/condition of the shell. Eggs can be brown or white eggs. Egg sizes are

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Five Frequently Asked Egg Safety Questions
July 12, 2018

Egg Safety Center is your resource for the safe cooking, handling and storage of eggs.  Below are the five top questions from consumers.   “I accidentally left a carton of eggs out on the counter overnight.  Are these eggs safe to eat?” The short answer is, “No.” After eggs are refrigerated on the farm, it’s

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Crack the Code! Learn How to Read an Egg Carton
March 16, 2018

Have you ever noticed a date and a sequence of numbers that seem to have no meaning on your egg carton?  Well you’re not alone! Learn what these numbers mean and why you should pay attention to them. Let’s start with the Julian date.  The Julian date is a time stamp that indicates when the eggs

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Why do we refrigerate eggs and other countries don’t?
August 11, 2017

When Americans travel abroad and visit a market or grocery store, some may encounter eggs for sales nowhere near a refrigerator.   The Egg Safety Center has many readers who often ask a similar question: why is it safe to eat room temperature eggs in some parts of the world, but not in the USA?  The

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Understanding Dates on Egg Cartons
July 14, 2016

Many eggs reach stores only a few days after being laid. Determining the freshness of eggs can be confusing at times, as some egg cartons feature two dates. The Julian date is the “pack date,” when the eggs were washed, graded and place in the carton. This three-digit code represents the consecutive day of the

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Can I still use cracked eggs?
February 23, 2016

You followed all the tips when selecting your eggs at the store, picking clean, uncracked eggs from refrigerated cases. But you hit a bump in the road and one or more of your eggs cracked on the way home. What should you do? If eggs crack, break them into a clean container, cover it tightly,

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Solving the puzzle of egg labels
December 16, 2015

Consumers have several choices of eggs in today’s egg case – including eggs of different sizes and from a variety of farm environments. While choice is a good thing, some find that there’s so much information on egg cartons, it can be confusing. First, the Julian date (the date the eggs were packed) is usually

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What to look for when buying eggs
November 12, 2015

What to look for when buying eggs Egg farmers take great care and follow food safety programs and regulations on the farm. Once the eggs are safely transported to the store, it’s up to you to keep your eggs safe. To make sure you buy safe, quality eggs, keep these tips in mind: Always purchase

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Safely store your eggs
April 10, 2015

Safely store your eggs There are a lot of questions that go into buying your eggs, but once you’ve done that you need to make sure you handle and store your eggs safely.  Where is the best place to store your eggs? Should you use the egg holder in the refrigerator door?  The best way to

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