Expiration Date - Eggs and Cartons

Just as eggs have an expiry date, did you know egg cartons do as well? Egg cartons are porous - which means it's a great place for bacteria to grow. So if you want to recycle egg cartons, and don't want to risk bacteria being passed from backyard flock to backyard flock; make sure the carton is heat treated before placing new eggs in the carton.

Fresh BC Eggs - from farm to table

BC egg producers take steps to ensure that their eggs meet the highest standards for quality and safety.

How to keep eggs fresh at home once purchased at the grocery store:

Handling Eggs

  • Thoroughly wash hands, utensils and work surfaces where you prepare foods.
  • Keep raw foods (meats, poultry and eggs) separate from cooked foods in the fridge.
  • Remove eggs from the fridge just before using.
  • When having a get-together, serve all egg dishes within two hours.
  • Cold egg dishes should be kept on ice.
  • Serve egg dishes immediately after preparation or refrigerate and use within four days.

Storing Eggs

  • When shopping, pick up eggs last.
  • Refrigerate them as soon as you get home.
  • Store them in their original carton on a shelf of the fridge, not in the door.
  • The carton keeps the eggs from absorbing odours from other foods and prevents moisture loss.
  • Leftover whites and yolks should be refrigerated in covered containers.
  • Pour a small amount of cold water over egg yolks in the container to keep them from drying out; drain before using.
  • Use whites and yolks within four days.
  • Hard-cooked eggs in the shell can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator.