People around the world have started to be very particular about food safety and security, especially on their daily food requirements. Like most of the food products, say, processed food, vegetables, grains, dairy products, and fresh meat we see in stores, there's an indicator that helps us a lot in determining whether the said product is still safe for consumption, and that is the expiry date.
Many regard expiry dates as a vital label in edible products as it is the only way consumers can determine how they must adopt those to their simultaneous food consumption systems. More so, the said label makes a person decide whether to purchase the product or not. In some raw food products like eggs, having such label along with the date manufactured or 'laid' help so much in choosing the right ones. Many say, however, that the dates printed on the egg container mean so much more.
Now, what's the real deal with eggs' expiration dates?
In fact, according to the American Food and Drug Administration, marking 'best by' in eggs is highly discouraged because it gives the wrong impression of the freshness of products.
Look around the product packaging and you can see something more specified--er, a code actually.
Like, hell. There are too many versions of labels around the market. Certainly enough, when one hears that the expiry date is not the most effective way to determine egg's safety in terms of consumption for the first time, this person's belief in humanity may seem to fall down. Anyway, it's not the point of this reading.
Much like Da Vinci Code. Kidding. Looking at the label you would see three things: Plant Number, Pack Date (or the Julian Date), and the "Sell By" date or the best before date. Of the three components, we look high regards on the sell by date. We must change that now.
Julian date is a three-digit code referring to the exact date these eggs were packaged. Depicted from the calendar, each number from 1 to 365 says something. If you want to check for a specific date, have some time to count.
These eggs have to be properly stored for 4-5 weeks (ample period to be consumed). So, when you located a package that goes beyond the period, the best way to deal with this is to report this instance. Let that be known by the Food Safety and Inspection Service.
I bet it is. You don't need to repent or blame yourself when you crack the egg you bought just because you've discovered it's already unsafe, or when it gives a foul, abnormal odor.
Well, if you do not buy the idea, grow your own laying chickens, and get eggs from them first hand.