“Closed Dating” is a code that consists of a series of letters and/or numbers applied by manufacturers to identify the date and time of production. Except for infant formula, product dating is not required by Federal regulations.
For meat, poultry, and egg products under the jurisdiction of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), dates may be voluntarily applied provided they are labeled in a manner that is truthful and not misleading and in compliance with FSIS regulations.
This tells you the date that the eggs were packed in the egg carton.
The pack date in the egg carton above is 088, which was March 27, 2015.
This date must be 30 days or less from the pack date.If properly refrigerated, shell eggs will keep with insignificant quality loss for at least four to five weeks after the Julian or pack date.If there is no Julian or pack date, using your eggs within three weeks of purchase will allow for the possibility that your eggs may have been temporarily warehoused by the retailer before you bought them. Food safety depends on many things, including how you handle and store eggs and other foods.To comply, a calendar date must express both the month and day of the month.In the case of shelf-stable and frozen products, the year must also be displayed.The FDA gives farmers 30 days to place an egg in a carton and then another 30 days to sell that egg after it's been placed in a carton.That means it's possible to purchase eggs at the supermarket that are 60 days old!There are three codes on your egg carton – the pack date, the expiration date, and the plant code. This is 3-digit date, in the Julian calendar format.January 1 is 001, and December 31 is 365 (in a leap year, December 31 is 366)."Open Dating" is a calendar date applied to a food product by the manufacturer or retailer.The calendar date provides consumers with information on the estimated period of time for which the product will be of best quality and to help the store determine how long to display the product for sale.