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This INSANE Fact About Store-Bought Eggs Will Blow Your Mind!

January 25, 2016 2 min read

We all know how to buy eggs at the grocery store. It is simple. You select the carton you want to buy, open it up and make sure that nothing is cracked or broken and off you go. Beyond easy, right? Not so fast! There is one more detail on that carton you might want to look at a little more closely! A Facebook post by Fresh Eggs Daily has just dropped a truth bomb that has everyone talking. The post suggests that some of the eggs you are buying at the grocery store can be more than 30 days old! You may already be in the habit of checking the "best by" date but Fresh Eggs Daily wants you to take a closer look at a different set of numbers stamped on the carton. The three-digit number found below the best before date, corresponds to day of the calendar year in which the carton was filled with eggs. So, for example, "354" refers to December 20th, meaning the eggs were packed on that day. Eggs Fresh Daily checked some grocery stores and found that many of the cartons contained eggs that had been packaged 45 days prior! By law, farmers are required to carton their eggs within 30 days and then they have an additional 30 days to sell the eggs. This means that by the time you get them, they could be almost two months old. But don't go into a complete panic. There is no need to run to your fridge and pitch your eggs. The  Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says that  "you can still store fresh shell eggs in their cartons in the refrigerator for four to five weeks beyond this date." [bctt tweet="This INSANE Fact About Store-Bought Eggs Will Blow Your Mind!"] The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have strict rules when it comes to the transport and storage of eggs. "Many  types of pathogens and spoilage bacteria are prevented from multiplying  in properly refrigerated foods that are not out of date," the FDA site says. The USDA requires all eggs packaged for sale to customers be stored and transported at 45 degrees F. Once delivered to retailers, federal regulations state that the eggs must be refrigerated at 45 degrees F or less. inpost2 Hard to believe right? Just when you thought you were buying fresh eggs, it turns out you may not be! While the eggs will still be totally safe to eat, it is entirely possible that their nutritional value may have started to degrade and they likely won't taste particularly fresh. To ensure you are getting the freshest eggs at the grocery store, look for the highest three-digit number in the bunch -- they will be the most recently packaged. If you are looking for eggs that will be at, or closest too, peak freshness, buy local and farm fresh. If you are particularly ambitious and want to take this 'freshness factor' into your own hands, you can look into raising your own chickens! You don't get any more fresh than that! What do you think of this revelation? Will this change the way you buy eggs? Source: HelloGiggles, Women's Day

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