Aug 20, 2010 10:44 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

How to read codes on egg cartons

A salmonella outbreak in eggs that's sickened people around the country--including in Colorado-- and prompted a nationwide recall is causing some confusion.  At issue--how to read the codes on egg cartons.

Here in Colorado, the store brand eggs at Albertson's and Safeway are included in the recall, but not all eggs from those stores are suspect. Only eggs with specific codes.

Here, from the Colorado Department of Health, is an explanation of how to read the codes on egg cartons:

The eggs are packaged in cartons containing six, 12 and 18 eggs with production date codes ranging from 136 to 225, and plant numbers 1026, 1413 and 1946. Production date codes and plant numbers can be found stamped on the end of each egg carton. The stamp begins with the letter P, followed by the plant number and then the production date code (for example, P-1946 223).


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