Facts About Eggs
- There are more than 1,000 egg farms in Canada. These farms produced more than 9 billion eggs last year!
- Canadian eggs are among the best in the world for quality and freshness. Eggs are collected, transported, washed, inspected and ready to use within about a week of being laid.
- The average Canadian consumes 253 eggs per year.
- Every egg farmer in Canada has to follow national food safety and animal care programs, which include on-farm inspections, record keeping guidelines and other quality assurance measures. Look for the EQA (egg quality assurance) mark when you buy your eggs!
- Eggs are an incredible source of protein—just two eggs provide 13 grams of high-quality protein, and they are an excellent source of Vitamin A, Vitamin D and iron.
- White eggs come from chickens with white feathers and brown eggs come from chickens with brown feathers. There is no nutritional difference between brown and white eggs.
- Eggs are sorted at the grading station based on weight, not circumference, and packaged accordingly into the following sizes: pee wee, small, medium, large, extra large or jumbo.
- The eggs you buy at the store are Canada Grade A eggs. To meet Grade A, it means the shell has no cracks, the yolk is centered inside the egg and the air cell is very small.