Originally Posted by BreezyCooking
Supermarket eggs can actually be several months old & still legally be called "fresh" by commercial standards...
I find this hard to believe.
The USDA dictates egg cartons carry a pack date. This is the date they are washed, inspected and packed in a carton. If a Sell By date is included on the carton, the USDA dictates it cannot be more than 30 days from the pack date. The pack date is on the carton as a three digit Julian date.
There's no money in storing eggs for months before selling them. The egg farmer gets no money until he ships them so he has no incentive to hold them. The grocer has no incentive to store eggs he's already paid for. He gets no money for them until he sells.
Farmers with any business sense don't produce more eggs than they can sell.
However, a fresh egg with an intact shell will last a long time. Typically 4-5 WEEKS from the pack date.
Sorry, UB. Didn't read your post before posting mine.