cracking the egg code - American Egg Board

cracking the egg code - American Egg Board

THE CRACKING EGG CODE Laid by hens not housed in enclosures. Hens roam in a building, room or open area that includes nest space and perches. Laid by...

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CRACKING EGG CODE Laid by hens not housed in enclosures. Hens roam in a building, room or open area that includes nest space and perches. Laid by hens in enclosures that also serve as nesting space.

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The color of the egg shell has nothing to do with the egg's nutritional value, quality or flavor. Hens with white feathers and white ear lobes lay white eggs; hens with red feathers and red ear lobes lay brown eggs

Laid by hens who roam and forage on a maintained pasture area. The USDA does not recognize a labeling definition for pastured eggs as no standards are established.

Laid by hens in enclosures that include perch space, dust bathing or scratch areas and nest space.

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Laid by hens not housed in enclosures and with access to the outdoors. In addition to eating grains, these hens may forage for wild plants and insects.

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Eggs heated to a temperature just below the coagulation point to destroy pathogens.

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Laid by cage-free or free-range hens raised on certified organic feed and have access to the outdoors. The feed is grown without most synthetic pesticides, fungicides, herbicides or fertilizers and 100% of the agricultural ingredients must be certified organic.

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Laid by hens fed a special diet rich in omega-3s. These eggs provide more omega-3 fatty acids, from 100 mg to over 600 mg per egg.

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Laid by hens fed a vegetarian diet.

COMMON TERMS ON EGG CARTONS COMMON TERMS ON EGG CARTONS CARTONS INDICATES EGGS HAVE COME FROM FACILITIES THAT MEET PRECISE, INDICATES EGGS EGGS HAVE HAVE COME COME FROM FACILITIES FACILITIES THAT THAT MEET PRECISE, INDICATES FROM PRECISE, INDICATES HAVE COME THATMEET MEET PRECISE, OBJECTIVE OBJECTIVEEGGS STANDARDS FOR FROM FARM FACILITIES ANIMAL TREATMENT ACCORDING TO OBJECTIVE STANDARDS STANDARDS FOR FARM FARM ANIMAL TREATMENT TREATMENT ACCORDING TO OBJECTIVE FOR ANIMAL TO STANDARDS FOR FARM ANIMAL TREATMENT ACCORDINGACCORDING TO THE HUMANE FARM ANIMAL THE HUMANE FARM ANIMAL CARE ORGANIZATION. THE HUMANE FARM ANIMAL CARE ORGANIZATION. THE HUMANE FARM ANIMAL CARE ORGANIZATION. CARE ORGANIZATION.

GATHERING A FRESH PERSPECTIVE GATHERING A FRESH

GATHERING A FRESH PERSPECTIVE FRESH FROM THE FARM PERSPECTIVE Most eggs leave the farm

within 24-36 hours after FRESH FROM THElaid FARM being to ensure eggs are FRESH FROM FROM THE THE FARM FRESH FARM INDICATES EGGS ORIGINATE FROM FARMS DEDICATED TO FOLLOWING as fresh as possible when Most eggs leave the farm INDICATES EGGS EGGS ORIGINATE ORIGINATE FROM FROM FARMS FARMS DEDICATED DEDICATED TO TO FOLLOWING FOLLOWING INDICATES they get to Most eggs leave the farm Most eggs leave the farm within 24-36 hours afteryour local store. RESPONSIBLE, SCIENCE-BASED FARMING METHODS DESIGNED TO ENSURE INDICATES EGGS ORIGINATE FROM FARMSMETHODS DEDICATED TO FOLLOWING RESPONSIBLE, within 24-36 hours after RESPONSIBLE, SCIENCE-BASED FARMING METHODS DESIGNED TO ENSURE ENSURE within hours after RESPONSIBLE, SCIENCE-BASED FARMING DESIGNED TO being laid 24-36 to ensure eggs are OPTIMAL HEN WELFARE. beingas laid to ensure ensure eggswhen are being laid to eggs are SCIENCE-BASED FARMING METHODS DESIGNED TO ENSURE OPTIMAL HEN WELFARE. fresh as possible OPTIMAL HEN WELFARE. OPTIMAL HEN WELFARE. as fresh fresh asyour possible when as as possible they get to localwhen store. they get getOR toSELL yourBY local store. EXPIRATION DATE they to your local store. THIS VOLUNTARY PROGRAM PROVIDES A NATIONAL GRADING SERVICE Included on some egg cartons THIS VOLUNTARY VOLUNTARY PROGRAM PROGRAM PROVIDES PROVIDES A A NATIONAL NATIONAL GRADING GRADING SERVICE SERVICE THIS BASED ON OFFICIAL U.S. STANDARDS, ANDGRADING WEIGHT CLASSES FOR THIS VOLUNTARY PROGRAM PROVIDES GRADES A NATIONAL SERVICE BASED ON ensuring aren’t kept on shelves EXPIRATION OR SELLeggs BY DATE BASED ON ON OFFICIAL OFFICIAL U.S. U.S. STANDARDS, STANDARDS, GRADES GRADES AND AND WEIGHT WEIGHT CLASSES CLASSES FOR FOR BASED past a certain date. However, eggs EXPIRATION OR SELL BY DATE EXPIRATION OR SELL BY DATE SHELL EGGS. OFFICIAL U.S. STANDARDS, GRADES AND WEIGHT CLASSES FOR SHELL EGGS. Included on some egg cartons can be safely eaten 2-3 weeks SHELL EGGS. EGGS. SHELL Included on some egg cartons Included on some egg cartons ensuring eggs aren’tthe kept on shelves expiration date. ensuring eggs beyond aren’t kept on shelves shelves ensuring eggs aren’t on past a certain date. kept However, eggs past a certain date. However, eggs past a certain date. However, eggs INDICATES FARMS HAVE PASSED A 3RD PARTY AUDIT/CERTIFICATION can be safely eaten 2-3 weeks INDICATES FARMS FARMS HAVE HAVE PASSED PASSED A A 3RD 3RD PARTY PARTY AUDIT/CERTIFICATION AUDIT/CERTIFICATION INDICATES can be safely safely eaten 2-3 2-3 weeks weeks can be eaten beyond the expiration date. PROGRAM FROM THE AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION SUPPORTING THE INDICATES FARMSTHE HAVE PASSED HUMANE A 3RD PARTY AUDIT/CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FROM beyond the expiration expiration date. date. PROGRAM FROM FROM AMERICAN ASSOCIATION SUPPORTING THE THE beyond the PROGRAM THE AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION SUPPORTING HUMANE TREATMENT OFASSOCIATION ANIMALS. THE AMERICAN HUMANE SUPPORTING THE HUMANE TREATMENT OF ANIMALS. HUMANE TREATMENT TREATMENT OF OF ANIMALS. ANIMALS. HUMANE

VERIFIES THAT THE FARM OR HANDLING FACILITY LOCATED ANYWHERE IN VERIFIES THAT OR HANDLING LOCATED ANYWHERE IN THE THAT THE THE FARM FARM OR HANDLING FACILITY FACILITY LOCATED LOCATED ANYWHERE ANYWHERE IN VERIFIES THE WORLD COMPLIES WITH THE USDA ORGANIC REGULATIONS. THE WORLD WORLD COMPLIES WITH THE USDA USDA ORGANIC REGULATIONS. WORLD COMPLIES WITHWITH THE THE USDA ORGANIC REGULATIONS. THE COMPLIES ORGANIC REGULATIONS.

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ACCORDING TO THE USDA, EGGS IN THEIR SHELLS ARE NOT A GENETICALLY ACCORDING TO TO THE USDA, EGGS IN THEIR THEIR SHELLS GENETICALLY MODIFIED THE USDA, EGGS IN SHELLS ARE ARE NOT NOT A A GENETICALLY ACCORDING MODIFIED (GM) FOOD. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ALSO HAS CONFIRMED THAT (GM) FOOD. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ALSO HAS CONFIRMED THAT NONE OF THE MODIFIED (GM) FOOD. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ALSO HAS CONFIRMED THAT MODIFIED (GM) FOOD. SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ALSO HAS CONFIRMED THAT NONE OF THE GENETICALLY ENGINEERED MATERIALS THAT MAY APPEAR IN GENETICALLY ENGINEERED THAT MAY APPEAR SOME HEN FEED ARE NONE OF OF THE THE GENETICALLY GENETICALLYMATERIALS ENGINEERED MATERIALS THATIN MAY APPEAR IN NONE ENGINEERED MATERIALS THAT MAY APPEAR IN SOME HEN FEED ARE PASSED INTO THE EGG. PASSED INTO THE EGG. SOME HEN HEN FEED FEED ARE ARE PASSED PASSED INTO INTO THE THE EGG. EGG. SOME IN GENERAL EGGS ARE ANTIBIOTIC-FREE BECAUSE ANTIBIOTICS ARE NOT IN GENERAL GENERAL EGGS EGGS ARE ARE ANTIBIOTIC-FREE ANTIBIOTIC-FREE BECAUSE BECAUSE ANTIBIOTICS ANTIBIOTICS ARE ARE NOT NOT USED ON A IN ANTIBIOTIC-FREE BECAUSE ANTIBIOTICS ARE NOT IN GENERAL EGGS ARE USED ON A CONTINUOUS BASIS IN THE EGG INDUSTRY. WHILE ANTIBIOTICS USED ON ON A A CONTINUOUS CONTINUOUS BASIS IN THE THE EGG EGG WHILE INDUSTRY. WHILE ANTIBIOTICS ANTIBIOTICS USED BASIS INDUSTRY. WHILE CONTINUOUS BASIS IN THE EGG IN INDUSTRY. ANTIBIOTICS MAY BE USED FOR HEN MAY BE USED FOR HEN HEALTH IN ACCORDANCE TO FOOD AND DRUG MAY BE USED FOR HEN HEALTH IN ACCORDANCE TO FOOD AND DRUG MAY BE USED FOR HEN HEALTH IN ACCORDANCE TO FOOD AND DRUG HEALTH IN ACCORDANCE TO FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) REGULATIONS, ADMINISTRATION (FDA) REGULATIONS, THE PROBABILITY OF ANTIBIOTIC ADMINISTRATION (FDA) REGULATIONS, THE PROBABILITY OF ANTIBIOTIC ADMINISTRATION (FDA) REGULATIONS, THE PROBABILITY OF ANTIBIOTIC THE PROBABILITY OF ANTIBIOTIC RESIDUE BEING PRESENT IN EGGS IS EXTREMELY LOW RESIDUE BEING PRESENT IN EGGS IS EXTREMELY LOW BECAUSE HENS BEING RESIDUE BEING BEING PRESENT IN EGGS EGGS IS EXTREMELY EXTREMELY LOW BECAUSE BECAUSE HENS BEING RESIDUE IN IS LOW HENS BEING BECAUSE HENS PRESENT BEING TREATED FOR SICKNESS RARELY PRODUCE EGGS AND/OR THEIR TREATED FOR FOR SICKNESS SICKNESSRARELY RARELYPRODUCE PRODUCEEGGS EGGSAND/OR AND/ORTHEIR THEIREGG EGG TREATED TREATED FOR SICKNESS RARELY PRODUCE EGGS AND/OR THEIR EGG EGG PRODUCTION IS LIKELY TO SEVERELY DECREASE. PRODUCTION IS IS LIKELY LIKELY TO TOSEVERELY SEVERELYDECREASE. DECREASE. PRODUCTION PRODUCTION IS LIKELY TO SEVERELY DECREASE. NO HORMONES HORMONES ARE ARE EVER EVERGIVEN GIVENTO TOEGG EGGLAYING LAYINGHENS. HENS.ALL ALLEGGS EGGSPRODUCED PRODUCED NO NO HORMONES ARE EVER GIVEN TO EGG LAYING HENS. ALL EGGS PRODUCED IN THE U.S. IN THE THE U.S. U.S. ARE ARE ALL-NATURAL ALL-NATURALAND ANDDO DONOT NOTCONTAIN CONTAINADDED ADDEDHORMONES. HORMONES. IN IN THE U.S. ARE ALL-NATURAL AND DO NOT CONTAIN ADDED HORMONES. ARE ALL-NATURAL AND DO NOT CONTAIN ADDED HORMONES.

JULIAN DATE

Starting with January 1 as 001 and ending with December 31 as 365, this number system may be used on some egg cartons to track the day JULIANDATE DATE JULIAN JULIAN DATEthe eggs are packed. Eggs can be Startingwith withJanuary January 1asas 001and and in their cartons in the Starting 001 Starting withstored January 11 as 001 and ending with December 31 as 365, refrigerator for four to ending with with December December 31 31 as as 365, 365,five weeks ending beyond date. thisnumber numbersystem systemthis may beused usedon on this number system may be used on this may be some egg cartons to track the day some egg cartons to track the day some egg cartons to track the day theeggs eggsare arepacked. packed.Eggs Eggscan canbe be the eggs are packed. Eggs can be the stored in their cartons in the stored in in their their cartons cartons in in the the stored refrigeratorfor forfour fourto fiveweeks weeks refrigerator for four totofive five weeks refrigerator beyond this date. beyond this date. beyond this date.