How old are the eggs? Are they safe to eat?

These eggs are two weeks old. Should we toss them?

Most grocery store eggs are about 30 days old from placement in a carton, not from laying. You can check for yourself. You may be eating eggs that are up to two months old, if you get them from the store. There is no regulation for eggs’ age until they are put into a carton for sale, and I couldn’t find any information from egg producers that stated how long eggs sat in a holding facility before they are placed in a carton. From carton placement, most eggs have a two-month expiration date, but there are no standards for how long a producer can wait before placing eggs in a carton.

There is no FDA regulation of “best by” dates for eggs. There is no FDA regulation of any egg expiration dates. The following quote is from the FDA itself on “use by” dates, and note that the information is entirely set by the manufacturer.

With the exception of infant formula, the laws that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) administers do not preclude the sale of food that is past the expiration date indicated on the label. FDA does not require food firms to place “expired by”, “use by” or “best before” dates on food products. This information is entirely at the discretion of the manufacturer.

In other words, there is no such thing as a date when eggs “go bad,” nor a standardized timeframe for how long eggs are “good.”

One of blogger writing on the subject of the age of edible eggs correctly points out that the FDA does not have a set standard for expiration dates. In other words, expiration dates are set by the manufacturer.

And it would seem this “Fresh Eggs Daily” page has a strong argument. After all, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that all egg products are labeled with the following: product name, manufacturer’s name, official identification, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) approval number, ingredients statement, net
weight statement, and nutrition information. . Yet there is no rule regarding expiration dates.

Unfortunately, with the exception of baby formula, the FDA does not require food manufacturers to place “best before,” “expired by,” or “use by” dates on products—it’s solely up the individual company’s discretion. However, an expiration date could be required by individual states’ laws so you should definitely keep checking it.

Another voluntary label includes a number (1 through 365), marking which day of the year the eggs were placed in their carton. That being said, as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln reports, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) clarifies that “you can still store fresh shell eggs in their cartons in the refrigerator for four to five weeks beyond this date.”

Check your dates at your own local supermarket. Here is a diagram for the dates on which eggs are packaged. If you are still unsure how to tell how old your eggs are, there is a YouTube video below that has explained the whole process. The question of how long an egg remains safe to eat, just by “expiration” has never been answered.