This year Easter eggs can be boiled, colored and put in the basket, but buyers AZ can wind up with a party that is less fresh next year.
State lawmakers are considering an unusual proposal to put a 45-day period to grade the eggs for a longer period than the current 24-day shelf life, which is one of the most stringent in the United States, as sponsor. This means that consumers AZ can break and cook eggs that left the farm more than six weeks ago, and experts for food safety say that it is completely safe.
“When it comes to use-buy, sell or use-by date, it was much for quality purposes, not so much for security,” said Sadhana Ravi Shankar, food microbiologist and associate Professor at the University of Arizona.
Republican state Rep. Jill Norgaard reported, strict implementation of the Arizona rules has led it to sponsor the proposal. Other States 30 – to 45-day shelf life, she said, which reduces the amount of food waste by prolonging shelf life.
“We throw more than 2 million eggs because of the shelf life in Arizona,” said, Norgaard.
Supporters include supporters of the free market, Americans for prosperity, Walmart and the Arizona chamber of Commerce and industry. Grocery lobby of the state Arizona food Marketing Alliance, not officially weigh in, according to state legislative documents.
Said norgaard this proposal will reduce the cost of the egg by luring in state egg producers, who have more time to transport their product into Arizona.
“It will increase the supply and hopefully reduce the price,” she said.
The current iteration of the proposal does not create new terms for eggs grade AA. They will continue to be marked 24-day sell-on demand.
The proposal had previously received more than three-fourths support from the house of representatives, and was unanimously released from the Senate. Is this another vote in the house before it could head to GOV Doug Ducey. Norgaard said she hoped that could happen as early as next week.
The Republican state j. Resp. shop cast one of the votes against this measure. His family was in the grocery business since the 1950-ies, and he said that most consumers buy grade AA eggs.
“The average consumer will not notice the difference,” he said.
Buyers Arizona bought nearly 316 million dozen eggs last year totaled more than 285 million dozen eggs in 2016, according to the State Department of agriculture.
Some consumers may abandon the idea of a month-old eggs. PAT sparks, a Professor of nutritional Sciences at the University of Arizona, said that eggs with the 45-day period will be safe to eat, although they can lose moisture as they age.
“The yolk will also become more fragile, but it is not a question of security,” she said. “If you’re scrambling eggs, using them in a cake or something like that, it will have no effect at all.”
Garrison Oscar, senior Vice President for food safety regulatory industry manufacturers Association United egg, said in an email that he was not aware of any other state considering such a measure.
“Of course, it is true that eggs can remain safe to eat after the expiration date but freshness and quality can start to be affected after that date,” he said.