Eggs travel from the grading station to the store in a refrigerated truck. The eggs are kept under refrigeration at the store and are carefully rotated to ensure the eggs that arrive first are the first ones sold.
Standing in front of the egg case today, one might well be in awe of the variety available. We’re fortunate to have such a selection of eggs to choose from in Canada. And to know every choice is a great one!
Let’s consider the variety of eggs you might find:
- Regular white or brown eggs come from hens that are housed in small group settings with plenty of access to food and water.
- Vitamin enhanced eggs have more of a certain nutrient (e.g. vitamin D and Omega-3). Hens are fed a nutritionally-enhanced diet containing higher levels of certain nutrients that make their way from the diet of the hen into the egg.
- Organic eggs come from hens raised in a free range system with access to the outdoors. Hens are fed a certified organic feed.
- Furnished or enriched eggs come from hens that are housed in small group settings with amenities such as perches and a curtained off area where hens lay their eggs.
- Free run eggs come from hens that roam the entire barn floor. Some of these barns may be equipped with multi-tiered aviaries.
- Free range eggs come from hens that roam the barn floor and when weather permits, go outside to pasture. Outdoor access is only seasonally available in Canada.
- Processed eggs are shell eggs broken by special machines and pasteurized. They are further processed and packaged in liquid, frozen or dried form.
The choice is yours!
From classic white and brown eggs to enriched or furnished eggs, free range and free run to organic, Omega-3 and vitamin D enhanced, egg farmers give Canadians all the choices they ask for.
Look to the carton when selecting your preferred variety of eggs. Here you’ll find the Grade A symbol, the size of the egg and the best before date, so you always know you are buying high-quality eggs that are produced according to some of the highest on-farm standards in the world.
The result is that our eggs, no matter which type you prefer, are among the best in the world in terms of quality and freshness. And they taste delicious too!
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