When it comes to consolidation efforts, sometimes you have to crack a few eggs.

If a store replaces a broken egg with a good one and sells the carton, it could be fined $200. Republican state Sen. Dave Syverson pointed out how silly the current law is.

“You have to throw out the entire carton because it’s not safe enough for the consumers to use but it’s OK for the store to use those same eggs in their bakery,” Syverson said.

That led lawmakers to hatch a plan that passed the General Assembly. The measure allows for a broken egg to be replaced with an intact egg from the same lot.

United Egg Producers’ Vice President of Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs Oscar Garrison said the change should lead to savings for grocers. 

“So you could have four dozen with damage that all came from the same place with the same date within the store and you could potentially make three good dozen out of that. The store could sell and reduce their loss,” Garrison said.

Illinois Retail Merchants Association’s Government Affairs Manager Alec Laird said another important aspect is it’s optional for retailers and egg producers.

“If you don’t want your eggs to be consolidated, you don’t have to have them consolidated. You could prohibit the retailer from doing that. So it’s not a mandate on anyone. It’s optional for everyone,” Laird said.

Illinois would be the 42nd state to allow egg consolidation if the governor signs the bill.

The measure also extends the expiration date for eggs to be in line with more than 40 other states.

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