Q. How long after the sell-by date is it safe to use eggs that have been properly stored and refrigerated? — Karen Baker, Hide-A-Way Hills, Ohio
A. Use eggs within three to five weeks of the day you purchase the eggs and placed them in your refrigerator. The sell-by date may expire during that time, but the eggs still will be safe to eat, according to the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Don’t buy eggs for which the sell-by or use-by date has already expired.
An older egg will float in water, however, not all older eggs are bad. If an egg has gone bad, it will give off a foul smell when cracked open.
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