Eggs in the UK (and most if not all of Europe) are sold at ambient temperature. This question is specifically in this context.
When putting a box of eggs away in the cupboard yesterday I noticed that they were supposed to be refrigerated. This makes no sense as they're sold at room temperature with a single date given as "best before/display until", i.e. they could be kept at room temperature in the shop until the only date given (which was about 10 days after I bought them). In practice, in a cupboard, they are fine several weeks longer than this. I tend to buy rather large boxes as I like to have enough to make a large omelette if I want a quick dinner; they also work out cheaper that way. The previous box, from a different supermarket, had similar text. I don't plan to keep them in the fridge, but if there's a good reason, I'll have to start buying smaller boxes.
- Has this been going on for years without me noticing?
- Why can eggs be kept for day if not weeks in a shop at room temperature but not in a house?