Freshness is one of those situations where the rules don't really help theconsumer. The egg board requires that we label our cartons with the date the eggs were packed, not the date the eggs were laid. Kinda weird, huh? So here's what we do: We tell you when the eggs were laid and gathered. That's the same day they're packed because we don't delay in getting them to a refrigerator.

Why don't the rules require that everyone tell you the day the eggs are laid instead of the day they're packed? That's pretty simple- it's because most of the larger egg packagers don't really know when their eggs were laid.