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Egg-ucation

Eggs

Sprouts eggs only come in one shape, but Sprouts has many options to choose from. How can you be sure you're making an egg-ucated decision about the egg, size and grade?

What Does Your Egg Carton Label Mean?

ORGANIC:

The organic standards describe the specific requirements that must be verified by a USDA-accredited certifying agent before products can be labeled USDA organic. Overall, organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity and using only approved substances. Organic eggs come from chickens treated with the same animal welfare standards as free-range and are given non-GMO feed.

FREE-RANGE:

This label is regulated by the USDA and indicates that the flock was provided shelter in a building, room or area with unlimited access to food, fresh water and continuous access to the outdoors during their production cycle. The outdoor area may or may not be fenced and/or covered with netting-like material.

CAGE-FREE:

This label indicates that the flock was able to freely roam in a building, room or enclosed area with unlimited access to food and fresh water during their production cycle.

PASTEURIZED:

This label indicates eggs were heated in a sanitary facility under the supervision of the USDA. In pasteurization, the liquid part of the egg is rapidly heated and held at a minimum required temperature for a specified amount of time. This destroys salmonella, but does not cook the eggs or affect color, flavor or nutritional value. By law, all liquid eggs must be pasteurized.

OMEGA-3 OR DHA:

These are from hens that have been fed a diet supplemented by a source of Omega-3 fatty acids (typically from flax seed).

NO ADDED HORMONES:

A similar claim includes "Raised without Hormones." Federal regulations have never permitted hormones or steroids in poultry, pork or goat.

 
 
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