Food Safety Issues/Eggs


Today's date is 10/4.  I have some eggs that sell by date is 8/28, always refrigerated.  Safe to use?w

Hi Betty,

The date on egg cartons are placed there to help stores rotate their stock and make sure they are selling their eggs in a timely manner.

Egg quality is considered safe if used within 30 days of the sell by date.  Since the sell by date was 8/28 then for best quality and safety they should be used by 9/28.  Your eggs are beyond this date and thus the recommendation is to not consume the eggs.



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Carol Schlitt


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