How to Read Chicken Egg Carton Labels

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Watch a naturalist from the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Drumlin Farm explain how to read chicken egg carton labels in this free online video.

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Okay, knowing your eggs. It is very difficult to know where your eggs are from or your chickens have been kept by the box, I have to admit. There are a few things you can see. On most boxes, you must have a USDA Grade A label and that just means how the eggs have been kept. It has nothing to do with the way the chickens were kept before that were laying those eggs. These say fresh brown. Again, that is because we are in New England and brown is just something people like here. The size of the eggs is based on the weight of the entire box. These are large eggs because the whole dozen weighs approximately 1 pound, 8 ounces. Twenty-four ounces to the box is what makes it large eggs. That is why some eggs will be smaller and some will be larger. Now the information that is contained with the eggs is here on the box. You can see that these eggs are best by 10/8. This number below, the P number P1182 indicates the processing plant where the eggs were put into the box and that you can look up on the website run by the USDA. If you go to the USDA website, you can find the egg labeling site which will tell you where these eggs were put into a process into a box. This number 237 indicates the day of the year they were put into the box. So these were put into the box on day 237 which happens to be 8/25. You can buy them up until 10/8 and that has to be 45 days by the USDA regulations that the eggs can be put into the box and sold. That means the eggs that you are eating are no where fresh as you might think they are. Plus the other issue there is no regulation before they are put into the box. They are dated by the date they are put in the box. Not by the date they were laid.

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