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Egg Date stamp- Food grade ink??

post #1 of 6
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I was looking at the store eggs today and wondering what they use to date their eggs.  The Weis & Eggland brands all have a use by date on the egg.  Is there such a thing as food grade ink or is it regular?  Would love to see the machine that stamps the eggs as they go by!!

post #2 of 6

some companies are using lasers to mark the date in the egg.

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post #3 of 6

Yes there is such a thing as food grade ink.  It's basically just a variation of food coloring.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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post #4 of 6

Laser dating of eggs is a new thing in the US, recently approved by the USDA, and you are likely to see more of it. Dating on individual eggs has been done in Europe for some time, but most of that has been with ink.

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Thanks everyone, I have just been very curious.  I can't remember if the date came off when I boiled some this summer, before my chicks were laying.  I always thought it was a stamp, I've seen black & red.  What would a laser  print look like?

post #6 of 6

the Eb is a stamp I think but not sure.... usually the laser marks are black since its burnt into the shell

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