The Truth About Store Bought Eggs Is 'Eggsposed'

Published January 29, 2016 1,136,084 Plays

Rumble / Social ExperimentsA classic breakfast food staple, eggs have been boggling the minds of consumers ever since they appeared packaged on store shelves. They are cost effective, nutritious and packed with protein and most families pride on buying “farm fresh" eggs from the supermarket.

What does it mean when a store bought package of <a href="" target="_blank">eggs</a> says "Farm Fresh"? More importantly - what do you EXPECT when you read the word FRESH? Do you expect it to mean "Up to 45 days ago"? - Well when it comes to eggs, that is exactly what it means. In reaction to a MEME by Fresh Eggs Daily, we took to the stores to find out if it really is all that bad - just how old are the eggs that are being sold to us as fresh?

A representative from J&J Acres, a small farm in Toombusa, Mississippi, guides us on the quest for finding the true date of when your store-bought eggs were laid. On every carton of <a href="" target="_blank">eggs</a> is a three digit number called a Julian code. It is much more accurate than the “best by" date, because it tells the consumer the date when the food was actually packaged.

The Julian code indicates the day of the calendar when your goods have been packaged, i.e. if the number is 344, it means that it was packaged on the 344th day of the calendar year.

It might be disappointing for consumers, but it is not illegal. According to USDA regulations, “Expiration dates can be no more than 30 days from the day the eggs were packed in the carton." If the eggs are labeled with a “best by" or “use by" date, then they have 45 days to be sold.